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Which vaccines are free for at-risk persons?

Page last updated 23 July 2019

All vaccines listed as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) are free. For adults, these include:

  • All people over 65 years of age: pneumococcal disease, shingles (for people aged 70-79), and influenza.
  • For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: pneumococcal disease for those in the 15-49 year age group with medical risk factors, or all those over 50 years of age; and influenza for all those aged 6 months and over.
  • Pregnant women: influenza and whooping cough.

Individual states within Australia may have their own free vaccination programmes for at-risk groups.

Speak with your healthcare professional if you believe you fall into a 'high risk' category and which vaccinations are right for you.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule, Available at (accessed July 2019).
  2. Victorian Government. Health. National Immunisation Program (NIP) and State funded vaccines for eligible Victorian adults. Available at (accessed 29 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0211a - Date of preparation May 2018