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What vaccinations are recommended for older adults?

Page last updated 09 March 2023

The Australian Government recommendations for adults are:

Disease Information Cost
Pneumococcal disease A single dose for adults aged 70 years and over Free to those eligible on the National Immunisation Program
Shingles (Herpes zoster) A single dose for people aged 70 years of age, OR if you are over 70 and have not yet been vaccinated, a single catch-up dose is available for those aged between 71 to 79 year olds until 31 October 2023 Free to those eligible on the National Immunisation Program

An annual dose is recommended for all older adults

High-immunogenicity influenza vaccines are available to adults over 60 years of age. Adults 60-64 years of age may choose to receive a standard flu vaccine*, or a high-immunogenicity flu vaccine on private prescription.

Free to those eligible on the National Immunisation Program.

A fee may apply to adults 60-64 years of age.

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 3 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

*Unadjuvanted standard dose vaccine.

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.

Sources & Citations

2. Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for seniors. Available at: (accessed 27 May 2022).

MAT-AU-2201301 (v1.0)   Date of preparation June 2022