What vaccinations are recommended for older adults?
The Australian Government recommendations for adults are:
|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 olds, 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|
|Influenza||An annual dose for adults aged 65 years and over||Free to those eligible on 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 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|
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 and death among Australian children under two years of age and in adults over 85 of age.
Sources & Citations
2. Australian Government. Department of Health. Immunisation for seniors. Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/immunisation-for-seniors (accessed 27 May 2022).
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