Aboriginal immunisation recommendations
The term Aboriginal is inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Some vaccines have different recommendations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they are at higher risk of some vaccine preventable diseases.
Recommendations for Aboriginal children
In addition to the vaccines recommended on the childhood schedule, Aboriginal children are also recommended to receive the following:
- Pneumococcal vaccine - at 6 months of age
- Hepatitis A vaccine - 2 doses at 12 and 18 months of age
- annual Flu vaccine - each year from 6 months of age. Children aged 6 months to less than 9 years receiving influenza vaccine for the first time require 2 doses at least 4 weeks apart
For more information on additional vaccines, see the Childhood Immunisation Program: Frequently asked questions.
Recommendations for Aboriginal adolescents and adults
In addition to the vaccines recommended on the adolescent and adult schedule (PDF 72KB), Aboriginal adolescents and adults are recommended to receive the following:
immunisation programs in Aboriginal children
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There still remains a gap in the
Children are not fully protected until the completion of their full course of childhood
Immunisation coverage rates are improving, but there continues to be a number of factors affecting Aboriginal
Immunisation programs have been shown to reduce the rates of disease between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people for specific