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 65 and older. If traveling overseas as an adult, there are additional vaccinations that might be recommended or required depending on where you are planning to visit. Travellers are encouraged to visit their General Practitioner (GP) six to eight weeks prior to traveling overseas to assess what vaccines or medicines are needed.
Free influenza vaccine is available for all Australians aged 65 and over. People in this age group are at high risk from influenza and its complications, with the majority of deaths from influenza occurring in this age group. To receive an influenza immunisation, visit your GP. It is important to note that whilst the vaccine is free, a consultation fee may apply.
A dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine should be given to adults at 65 years of age.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
It is recommended that adults 65 years of age and older, especially grandparents and others who care for young children, receive a booster dose of whooping cough vaccine if 10 years have passed since their last dose. Speak with your GP if you are unsure of when you received your last whopping cough vaccination.
Hepatitis B is considered an occupational hazard for health workers and vaccination is recommended. 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.
A single dose of herpes zoster vaccine will be funded under the National Immunisation Program for adults 70 years of age from November 2016.