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Lifestage / Adult

Adult

Immunisation is not only important for children, but adults too. Even though adults may have been vaccinated as children, booster doses may be required to maintain immunity from certain diseases (such as whooping cough) or build immunity against diseases that there was not a vaccine available for previously (such as Herpes Zoster).

Vaccinations recommended for adults may relate to your age, your indigenous status, your occupation, if you have had injury or illness, your vaccination history, plans to travel, if you are planning to start a family, and/or just a routine part of staying healthy.

Some people have special vaccination requirements. If you identify yourself with any of the following, you should talk to your doctor before being vaccinated:

  • Pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy;

  • Have previously had a serious adverse event following immunisation; or

  • Impaired immunity due to disease or treatment

 




References:

  1. Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition (updated June 2015): http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home