People over the age 65 have a high risk of Influenza and Pneumococcal. For this reason, vaccines are recommended and funded for everyone in this age group.
Free Shingles (Herpes Zoster) vaccine
A free vaccine against shingles is available for people aged 70 to 79 under the National Immunisation Program.
Shingles is a painful and debilitating skin rash that often includes blisters. The rash usually appears on one side of your face or body and lasts for 2 to 4 weeks. Persistent pain from shingles lesions (known as Post Herpetic Neuralgia) can be very severe and can last for a year or more.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. You can still develop shingles if you have had chickenpox.
Older people are at high risk of the virus and it can be more severe.
The vaccine is free for people over 70 as an ongoing program. People aged 71 to 79 are also eligible for the free vaccine through a catch-up program until 2021.
Please speak with your GP for more information. You can also read the Shingles factsheet.