Who are the at-risk groups for influenza?
The at risk groups for influenza in the adult age bracket (> 18 years) include:
- All people over 65 years of age
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (aged 6 months to 4 years, or over 15 years of age).
- Pregnant women
- Those with certain medical condition
- Down syndrome
- Body mass index more than 40
- Chronic liver disease
- Residents and staff in aged care facilities
- People who are homeless
- Cares and household contacts of at-risk people
- Poultry or pork industry workers
- Essential services providers
Note that not all of these groups are eligible to receive a free influenza vaccine under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) (see FAQ: “Who is considered “medically at-risk” and eligible for a free influenza vaccine?”). Speak with your healthcare professional for more information.
Sources & Citations
- National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. Influenza factsheet. Available at http://www.ncirs.edu.au/assets/provider_resources/fact-sheets/Influenza-fact-sheet.pdf (accessed 12 June 2018).
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0211a - Date of preparation May 2018Show All