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Influenza Fact Sheet - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons

Flu season 2014


PDF printable version Influenza Fact Sheet - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons (PDF 496 KB)

The 2014 seasonal flu shots are available from 15 March 2014.

What is the flu?

The flu (influenza) is a virus that spreads from person to person through the air and on your hands.

If you get the flu you might get a high fever, bad cough, joint pains, body aches, have difficulty breathing and feel really tired.

Most people only get sick for a week but some people get sicker and need to go to hospital.

The flu can cause pneumonia or bronchitis, and can make some existing illnesses worse. Some people can die from the flu.

Can the flu be prevented?

Yes, the flu can be prevented.

The flu shot protects you from three different types of flu.

The flu changes all the time, that’s why you need  to get the flu shot every year.

Get protected

You will not get flu from the flu shot.

You need the flu shot if you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is:

It is also very important for children aged 6 months to 10 years who are on aspirin as part of their treatment to have the flu shot.

Why?

The flu shot protects your health and decreases hospitalisations and death.

If you are pregnant, you are at higher risk of getting sicker with the flu. The flu shot is safe for pregnant women and provides protection for newborn babies during their first months of life.

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, you can now have a Free flu shot if you are aged 15 years and over, or a child 6 months or older with an existing medical condition.

Facts

If you have any questions, talk to your doctor, Aboriginal Health Worker or nurse.

Current contact list

State and Territory contact information

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health  Organisation (NACCHO) Affiliates

For more information about the 2014 seasonal influenza vaccine, visit Immunise Australia Program website or call the Immunise Australia Information line 1800 671 811

All information in this fact sheet is correct as at March 2014 and valid for the 2014 influenza season.

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