What vaccines are available for at risk groups?
Special at-risk groups include Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, those travelling overseas, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions.
Recommended vaccinations vary across different special at-risk groups. For example:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may also receive the BCG (Bacillus Calmette–Guérin) vaccine for tuberculosis (TB), and hepatitis A vaccine.
- Travellers are advised to visit their GP or healthcare practitioner well in advance of their departure date for advice, as there is no single, specific list of vaccinations required for different destinations.
- Women considering getting pregnant are advised to visit their GP or healthcare provider in order to determine if vaccination is required before they fall pregnant, because some vaccines cannot be given to pregnant women.
For more information please check the National Immunisation Schedule (link to page) or speak with your healthcare practitioner or GP.
Sources & Citations
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Part 3 Vaccination for Special Risk Groups. Available at http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part3 (accessed 25 April 2018).