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Free shingles vaccine for people aged 70-79

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The shingles vaccine is provided free for people aged 70 years under the National Immunisation Program. There is also a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years until 31 October 2021. To receive the immunisation visit your local doctor or vaccination provider. It is important to note that although the vaccine is provided at no cost, a consultation fee may apply.

Routine vaccination of persons aged 70–79 years is expected to obtain the greatest benefits against shingles and its complications. Further information is provided in the online version of The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition.

People who are not eligible to receive the free vaccine are able to purchase the vaccine on the private market.

Vaccinations don’t stop at childhood. Ask your general practitioner or vaccination provider about other vaccines you may be eligible for.

A range of resources, including posters and factsheets on the National Shingles Vaccination Program are available on the Immunise Australia Publications & Resources website.

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