In adulthood, it is important to ensure on-going protection against vaccine preventable diseases. The following information provides advice on vaccines that are recommended for persons aged 50 to 64. If traveling overseas as an adult, there are additional vaccinations that might be recommended or required depending on where you are planning to visit. Travelers are encouraged to visit their General Practitioner (GP) six to eight weeks prior to traveling overseas to assess what vaccines or medicines are needed.
For adults, free influenza vaccine is available for all Australians aged six months of age and over with medical conditions, who can develop serious complications as a result of influenza. To receive your influenza vaccination, visit your GP or immunisation provider. It is important to note that whilst the vaccine is free for people with these medical conditions, a consultation fee may apply.
* The National Indigenous Pneumococcal and Influenza Immunisation program (NIPII) provides free pneumococcal and influenza vaccines through community controlled Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), State/Territory immunisation clinics and GPs for all Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
A history of having this disease does not mean life-long immunity, therefore vaccination is still necessary. Adults who have received a course of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis as a child require a booster at 50 years of age.
Hepatitis B is considered an occupational hazard for health workers and vaccination is recommended for those people working in healthcare settings. Vaccination is also recommended for individuals who may take part in high risk activities like unprotected sex with new partners, tattoos or piercings in countries with lower sanitation practices or drug use.