THE nationwide meningococcal vaccination campaign began yesterday in the central division.

Students from Deenbandhu Primary School, Veiuto Primary School, Sacred Heart Secondary School and Saint Agnes were part of the first batch of schools to go through the program.

The Ministry is targeting more than 333,876 children aged 1 to 19 years.

The vaccination not only protects individuals from life threatening diseases but it also offers protection to the community at large.

The Ministry is urging all parents, guardians, children and friends to make good use of this opportunity because the cost of having to deal with a meningococcal infection is devastating and costly.

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