Immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Information on vaccines you need to keep you and your family safe from diseases.

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Vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have higher rates of some vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) than non-Indigenous persons. For this reason, additional vaccines are available free through the National Immunisation Program.

The recommendations and funding for additional vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples vary from state to state, based on local disease burden.

These extra vaccinations are in addition to the routine vaccinations offered throughout life (pregnancy, childrenadolescents, adults and seniors).

Please speak to your doctor or vaccination provider about your vaccination needs.

Influenza vaccine

Yearly Influenza vaccination is recommended and free for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over. Find more information: influenza immunisation service 

The following is a general guide to vaccinations provided free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Infants and children

In addition to routine childhood vaccinations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children receive:

Age

Disease

2 months

Meningococcal B

4 months

Meningococcal B

6 months

Meningococcal B - Additional dose for children with specified medical risk conditions

Pneumococcal - Additional dose for children in WA, NT, SA, Qld and children with specified medical risk conditions

12 months

Meningococcal B

18 months

Hepatitis A - Additional vaccine for children in WA, NT, SA, Qld

4 years           

Pneumococcal - Additional dose for children in WA, NT, SA, Qld and children with specified medical risk conditions.  Followed by a dose 5 years later.

Hepatitis A - Additional vaccine for children in WA, NT, SA, Qld

Find more information:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents
In addition to the vaccines recommended on the adolescent schedule Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents are funded to receive the annual influenza vaccine.

See adolescent routine vaccinations

Age

Disease

50 years and over

Pneumococcal (3 doses in total)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with medical risk conditions

People with certain medical risk conditions are at greater risk of getting some vaccine-preventable diseases. These people may need extra protection. Speak to your doctor about you and your family’s vaccine needs. They can advise if you or your children need more vaccinations.

Find more information: Vaccinations for people with medical risk conditions 

Missed vaccinations

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have missed a routine childhood vaccination can get it free up until they turn 20 years old. Check the National Immunisation Program schedule for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and talk to your doctor if your child has not had all the recommended vaccinations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who missed a routine meningococcal B vaccine can get a catch-up vaccination for free up to the age of 2. The catch-up program finishes on 30 June 2023.

Booster vaccines

You may need to get a booster dose of some vaccines to maintain full immunity.

Find more information: Immunisation for adults and seniors

Getting vaccinated

Find out more about getting vaccinated, including:

  • where you can get vaccinated
  • if you need to pay
  • who can be vaccinated
  • what to expect at your vaccination visit
  • side effects.
Last updated: 
23 December 2021

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