Parents & Community Leaders

B Part of It NT is an immunisation study that aims to protect young people in the Northern Territory from meningococcal B germs (disease), by providing free doses of the licenced and recommended meningococcal B immunisation (the Bexsero vaccine), whilst possibly preventing gonorrhoea in young people.

Meningococcal is a serious infection that can be life-threatening for some. Meningococcal occurs mainly in children under two years old and young people aged 15-24. It comes on rapidly, may be hard to diagnose early and can be fatal. The Bexsero vaccine, which is provided in this study is already licenced, recommended, available and safe, and proven to protect individuals against meningococcal B.

Data shows that in some areas of the NT, more than 20% of young people aged 15-24 who are tested, are affected by gonorrhoea, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause severe health complications, including being unable to have a baby. Currently there is no immunisation for gonorrhoea.

Everyone in the community can play their part in helping to protect young people from meningococcal germs (bacteria) and gonorrhoea, including elders, parents, carers and families, youth workers, teachers and community leaders.

It is vital for all steps of the study to be completed by the participating young people, for our team to be able to receive measurable results. These include two immunisations and two throat swabs over a one year period.