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.
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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