People aged 65 years and over

immunisation for People aged 65 years and over

People aged 65 and over have a higher risk of complications from Influenza, Pneumococcal and Shingles (Herpes Zoster) infections. The following vaccines are recommended at specific ages and funded under the National Immunisation Program for everyone in this age group (a consultation fee may apply).

Influenza

Influenza (commonly known as ‘flu’) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, For more information visit the Influenza webpage. All people 65 years and over can have a free yearly influenza vaccine, please speak with your family doctor or other immunisation provider for more information (a consultation fee may apply).

Invasive Pneumococcal Disease

Invasive Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.  This bacterium can cause meningitis, pneumonia and bacteraemia. All people aged 70 years and over can have a free Pneumococcal vaccine. Please speak with your family doctor or other immunisation provider for more information (a consultation fee may apply).

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox and you can only develop shingles if you have previously had chickenpox. It 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. People aged 70 to 79 have a high risk of shingles (Herpes Zoster).  All people 70 years of age can have a free shingles vaccine. A catch-up program for people aged 71 to 79 years of age is available until 2021. Please speak with your family doctor or other immunisation provider for more information (a consultation fee may apply).

Page last updated on: 18 Mar 2021