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Are there any free vaccines for older adults?

Page last updated 03 July 2020

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 70 years and over.
  • Shingles:
    A single dose is available for 70 year olds. Until 31 October 2021, a single catch-up dose is also available for adults aged 71 to 79 years.
  • Influenza (the flu):
    Seasonal influenza vaccine once a year.

Note that a consultation fee may apply.

Sources & Citations

2. Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for seniors. Available at: (accessed 21 May 2020).

SAN-001369-00 - Date of preparation May 2020