Are there any free vaccines for older adults?
For adults 65 years and older, the following vaccines are free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP):
- Pneumococcal disease. A single dose is available for adults aged 65 years and over.
- Shingles (a reactivation of chicken pox). A single dose is available for 70 year old. Until 31 October 2021, a single catch-up dose is also available for adults aged 71 to 79 years.
- Influenza (the flu). Seasonal influenza once a year.
Note that a consultation fee may apply.
Sources & Citations
- Australian Government. Department of Health, National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at https://beta.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule (accessed 19 April 2018).
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0200a - Date of preparation May 2018Show All