Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Extra funded vaccines are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in Queensland require extra protection against some diseases. In addition to the routine childhood immunisations, the following additional vaccines are available for free:
- influenza (if aged 6 months to less than 5 years)
- tuberculosis (BCG)
- hepatitis A
- pneumococcal disease (additional vaccination booster required at 18 months).
It is very important that your baby is vaccinated on time at 2 (can be given from 6 weeks), 4, 6 and 12 months. Delaying vaccinations means that your baby is at high risk of serious diseases such as whooping cough, pneumococcal and gastrointestinal diseases.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults 70 years and older may be eligible to receive a free dose of shingles (herpes-zoster) vaccine.
The following immunisations are also available for free:
- influenza (15 years and over)
- pneumococcal disease (50 years and over or aged 15–49 years who are at risk of contracting this disease).
These vaccines are recommended because respiratory diseases are major causes of preventable sickness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.