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  • Meningococcal disease

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    Patient Stories

    Families impacted by meningococcal disease, a rare but potentially devastating disease, share their experiences.

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    Riley’s Story

    "Riley was one when he went into hospital. He spent his second birthday unconscious."

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    Ashley’s Story

    “I was extremely lucky to survive. And not everyone does survive.”

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    Jenna’s Story

    “She was so swollen and purple, I couldn’t even recognise her.”

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    Arthur’s Story

    It looked like Arthur had a common virus, but when he was barely moving, his parents knew something wasn’t right.

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    Dr Mike Starr’s advice: What parents need to know.

    Watch this short video to get an overview of meningococcal disease presented by Dr Mike Starr.

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    Know Meningococcal Guide

    This parents’ guide is full of facts and advice from other parents to help you protect your child from this rare but potentially devastating disease.
    To learn more about meningococcal disease, please see the ‘Meningococcal disease’ section.

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    Whooping Cough

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    What is whooping cough?

    Watch this short video to get an overview of whooping cough and why it’s important to take this infectious disease seriously.

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    The good news about whooping cough

    Watch this short video to learn what you and your family can do to reduce the chances of getting whooping cough.

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    Whooping cough in older adults

    This short video explains how whooping cough can have a lasting effect on older adults.

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    Underdiagnosis of whooping cough in adults aged 65 and over

    This video explains why many adults may be unaware that they have whooping cough and may pass on the infection to others without knowing it.

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    Whooping cough and adolescents and adults

    This short video explains how whooping cough can have a lasting effect on adolescents and adults.

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    Whooping cough in infants and young children

    This short video explains how whooping cough can have a lasting effect on infants and young children.

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    Whooping cough in older adults

    This brochure outlines information for adults aged 65 and over about whooping cough, including risks and how to help prevent this infectious disease.
    To learn more about whooping cough, please see the ‘Whooping cough’ section.

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    The risk of hepatitis disease

    This short video talks about the potential risk of exposure to hepatitis while travelling overseas.

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    Planning an overseas trip?

    Download this brochure to learn about the different types of hepatitis, the risks involved and which types of hepatitis you can immunise yourself against.
    To get some tips on how you can prepare for your next adventure please see our ‘For travellers’ section.

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AUS/VAC/0111/18 Date of Approval November 2018