What vaccinations are recommended for older adults?
The Australian Government recommends for adults aged 65 years and older:
|Pneumococcal disease||A single dose for adults aged 65 years and over||Free to those eligible on the National Immunisation Program|
|Shingles (Herpes zoster)||A single dose for 70 years olds, OR if you are over 70 and have not yet been vaccinated, a single catch-up dose is available for 71 to 79 year olds until 31 October 2021||Free to those eligible on the National Immunisation Program|
|Influenza||An annual dose for adults aged 65 years and over||Free through the National Immunisation Program|
|Tetanus||A booster dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine is recommended for adults aged 50 years old or over who have not received a tetanus- containing vaccine in the past 10 years (but have previously completed a primary course of three doses)||A fee may apply|
|Whooping cough (pertussis)||A single booster dose of a whooping cough vaccine is recommended for adults aged 65 years old or more who have not been vaccinated in the past 10 years||A fee may apply|
Plus, if you are travelling, speak with your doctor before you go to ensure your vaccinations are up-to-date and that you have received the recommended vaccinations specific for the regions you are travelling to.
Pneumococcal disease is one of the leading causes of serious illness among Australian children under two years of age and in older adults.
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).
- Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for seniors. Available at https://beta.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/immunisation-for-seniors (accessed 29th April 2018).
- NSW Government. Department of Health. Adult vaccination. Available at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/adult_vaccination.aspx (accessed 28th April 2018).
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