Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recommended to receive extra vaccines. Some are free through the National Immunisation Program. These extra vaccines help protect against serious diseases.
15–18 years: seasonal influenza every year (funded under the National Immunisation Program).
Adults: hepatitis B if non-immune and non-vaccinated. Seasonal influenza every year (funded under the National Immunisation Program). Pneumococcal vaccine – 1 dose of 13vPCV at 50 years of age or older, 1 dose of 23vPPV 12 months after 13vPCV, and a 2nd dose of 23vPPV at least 5 years later (funded under the National Immunisation Program).
Non-pregnant women of child-bearing age: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) if seronegative for rubella.
Residents of the Torres Strait: Japanese encephalitis for those living in the outer Torres Strait islands.
See the Australian Immunisation Handbook for more details.
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- 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
- 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
Printed content may be out of date. For up to date information, always refer to the digital version: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/resources/publications/vaccination-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-adolescents-and-adults.