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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccination program commences

The H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccine is now available for all Indigenous people aged 10 years and older. The new free vaccine to protect Australians has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the vaccination program began 30 September 2009. Information pamphlets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been specifically developed to provide information about the availabibility and importance of the vaccine.

Although H1N1 flu has been mild in most cases, there is clear evidence of serious or fatal health complications for some people. It spreads easily from person to person and by having the vaccination people can protect themselves and help stop the spread of the infection.

Experience in other countries shows that this is not just a winter flu - it could also affect people during spring and summer. Vaccination is the safest response for the community, particularly as large numbers of people continue to be infected. Vaccination is especially important for people at increased risk of severe outcomes, such as pregnant women and people with underlying chronic health conditions. These people should get immediate vaccination.
Pre-existing medical conditions which place people at increased risk of severe outcomes include:

Frontline health workers and community care workers should also be vaccinated.

Vaccination will be available from a range of locations, including GP offices, vaccination clinics, hospitals and health centres.

Contacts

Pandemic Hotline
Ph: 180 2007

Western Australia
Ph: 1800 186 815
Website: http://www.health.wa.gov.au/swine_flu/home/

South Australia
Ph: 1800 022 222
Website: http://www.flu.sa.gov.au

Victoria
Ph: 1300 882 008
Website: http://www.humanswineflu.health.vic.gov.au

Tasmania
Ph: 1800 358 362 (1800 FLU DOC)
Website: http://www.pandemic.tas.gov.au

ACT
Ph: (02) 6205 2300
Website: http://www.health.act.gov.au/flupandemic

New South Wales
Ph: 180 2007 for your local Public Health Unit contact
Website: http://www.emergency.health.nsw.gov.au/swineflu/vaccination/index.asp

Queensland
Ph: 13 43 25 84 (13HEALTH)
Website: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/swineflu/html/vacc.asp

Northern Territory
Ph: (08) 8922 8044
Website: http://www.swinefluvax.nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 7 October 2009
 
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