Important facts for Aboriginal people

  • Aboriginal people are more likely to get severe flu and need treatment in hospital.
  • Aboriginal children are more likely to get very sick from severe flu. They can end up with serious chest infections and need treatment in hospital.
  • The best way to keep your mob healthy is to get a flu shot.
  • The flu shot is free for all Aboriginal people between 6 months and 5 years old, and Aboriginal people aged 15 years and older.
  • Flu shots are also important for pregnant women and can help protect the baby for the first few months of life.
  • Let your doctor or nurse know you identify as an Aboriginal person when you ask about your free flu shot.

Aboriginal children aged 6 months to 5 years and Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over are at greater risk of severe flu and its complications than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Flu vaccination

The best way to avoid flu this winter is to get the annual flu shot before winter starts. Free annual flu shots are provided for all Aboriginal children aged six months to 5 years and for all 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. For further information see Medically At-risk.

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.

Other ways to stop the spread of flu

Other ways you can help keep your community safe this winter and help prevent the spread of flu include:

  • covering your face when you cough or sneeze
  • cleaning your hands thoroughly and often
  • staying at home until you’re well.

More information

A range of flu resources such as posters and flyers have been developed especially for the Aboriginal community. For further details on these and other flu resources, and about how to order further resources, please visit Influenza resources.​​​​​​

Page Updated: Wednesday 10 May 2017