Aboriginal Australians are at greater risk of catching severe flu and chest infections that lead to hospitalisation. The best way to avoid flu this winter is to get a vaccination. They are provided for free at your Aboriginal Medical Service or GP.
This winter, keep your community safe and help prevent the flu by:
- covering your face when you cough or sneeze
- cleaning your hands thoroughly and often
- staying at home until you’re well
- seeing your Aboriginal Medical Service or GP for a flu shot before winter arrives
Free annual flu vaccination is provided for Aboriginal children aged six months to 5 years, and for Aboriginal people aged 15 years or older.
Free flu vaccine is also provided for Aboriginal people in in other age-groups who have medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe flu.
Aboriginal people aged 50 years of age or older, and those 15–49 years of age who have underlying conditions placing them at risk of pneumococcal disease should also have the free pneumococcal vaccination.
Speak to your Aboriginal Medical Service or GP for more information.