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Are there any free vaccines for older adults?

Page last updated 11 July 2018

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

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health, National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at (accessed 19 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0200a - Date of preparation May 2018