Vaccinations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
“Protect yourself, your family and your community”
Jabs (immunisation) are a simple and effective way of protecting children and adults from serious life-threatening diseases.
Jabs are given to help the body build antibodies in our blood. Antibodies are needed inside our bodies to fight against diseases.
Immunisation not only protects your own family, but also others by helping control serious diseases in our community.
To get the best protection, every vaccination should be received on time as outlined in the National Immunisation Program Schedule Queensland. All vaccines outlined in the schedule are free and safe. Get the facts on vaccination.
Different vaccines are recommended for different people. Additional vaccines are provided free for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people because they are at higher risk of some diseases.
Babies and children are more vulnerable to serious and life threatening diseases, which is why we aim to protect them as early in life as possible.
Common reactions to vaccines are generally mild and temporary, such as localised pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, and low-grade fever. Serious reactions are extremely rare. Having a mild and temporary reaction is better than the potentially devastating consequences of contracting a preventable disease.
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For more information on immunisation or to find your nearest vaccine service provider, contact Queensland Health on 13 HEALTH (13 432 584).