Influenza Fact Sheet - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons
Flu season 2014
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.
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:
- 15 years of age and over.
- 6 months of age and over with one of the following medical conditions:
- Heart disease.
- Lung conditions, such as asthma.
- Chronic illnesses that mean you have to see a doctor more often, such as diabetes.
- Chronic illnesses that you have been in hospital for in the past year.
- Low immunity.
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.
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.
- Under the National Immunisation Program, if you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and 15 years of age and over, or a child 6 months and over with an existing medical condition, you can get a free ﬂu shot.
- You can get your free ﬂu shot from Aboriginal Medical Services, doctors and immunisation providers.
- If you have a chronic medical condition it will make you more likely to be very sick if you get the ﬂu.
- Flu shots are the best way to help ﬁght the spread of ﬂu in the community.
If you have any questions, talk to your doctor, Aboriginal Health Worker or nurse.
Current contact list
State and Territory contact information
- ACT - (02) 6205 2300
- NSW - 1300 066 055
- NT - (08) 8922 8044
- QLD - 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- SA - 1300 232 272
- TAS - 1800 671 738
- VIC - 1300 882 008
- WA - (08) 9321 1312
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Afﬁliates
- ACT - 02 6284 6222
- NSW - 02 9212 4777
- NT - 08 8944 6666
- QLD - 07 3255 3604
- SA - 08 8273 7200
- TAS - 03 6234 0700
- VIC - 03 9419 3350
- WA - 08 9227 163
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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Page last modified: 26 February, 2014