Older Australians

This page contains information for older Australian regarding vaccines and vaccinations.

Page last updated: 05 October 2016

The following vaccines are provided free to older Australians under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Click on the links in the program schedule to find more information about the diseases being prevented by the vaccine.

70 years (A free single catch up dose is available for 71-79 years until 31 October 2021)

  • Herpes-zoster (Shingles) (Zostavax®)

65 years and over

  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV)

50 years and over (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide (23vPPV)

People in these age groups are at high risk from influenza (flu) and pneumococcal disease and the complications they can cause. The great majority of deaths from these two diseases occur in these age groups.

People over 65 years are also advised to have dTpa, a diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough booster, if they have not received one in the previous 10 years, although this is not funded under the NIP.

Getting the vaccine

See your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss these free vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program. It is important to note that while the vaccines are provided free, there may be a consultation fee.

Some older Australians accessing the pneumococcal vaccination program may need a second dose of the vaccine five years after the first, specifically Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease.

The influenza (flu) vaccine or flu shot needs to be given each year as the types of influenza virus circulating changes.

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