Are you thinking of traveling? If so, we recommend you speak with a GP or travel clinic if you have plans to travel as they can advise you on any immunisations you may need. Please ensure you contact them well in advance to ensure you have enough time to be vaccinated. If you do not have a GP visit the Find a Health Service website.
Respiratory diseases are a major cause of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The following vaccines are recommended and funded for all people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
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 only develop shingles if you have had chickenpox.
Older people are more likely to get shingles and it can be more severe.
The vaccine is free for people aged 70 as an ongoing program. A catch up program for people aged 71 to 79 years of age is available until 2021.
Medical officers and authorised nurse practitioners are required to make written notifications. The Adverse Event Following Immunisation form can be downloaded from the CDC section of the HPS website: or by contacting the CDC section by phoning 5124 9800. Written notifications may be submitted via post or facsimile. All notifications should be made using full patient details.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination for Adults
The ACT government funds MMR vaccines for adults. Anyone born in or after 1966 and who has not previously received two measles containing vaccines is eligible for free MMR vaccine. Available through your GP. Please note that your GP may still charge a consultation fee.
If you are a refugee or a humanitarian entrant, you may not be fully immunised and up-to-date according to the Australian National Immunisation Program. Some refugees may have received immunisations overseas but do not have documentation of these vaccinations. Written records are considered reliable evidence of vaccination status and in the absence of written immunisation documentation a full catch-up immunisation schedule is recommended.
Refugees and humanitarian entrants are eligible for some free vaccines under the NIP. While the vaccines are free, your GP may charge a consultation fee. For more information see: