It’s important to know about the vaccinations you need as you age and at key times in your life, including travel and the arrival of new grandchildren.
It's recommended that older adults be vaccinated against:
- whooping cough
- pneumococcal disease
The influenza, whooping cough and tetanus vaccines are available at our immunisation sessions. We offer immunisation sessions at convenient locations around the City of Boroondara.
Find out current immunisation locations and make an appointment at Immunisation.
Vaccines for shingles, pneumococcal disease and COVID-19 are not available at our services. Talk to your doctor about these vaccines.
Talk to your doctor about the vaccinations required before you travel overseas.
A yearly influenza (flu) vaccination is recommended for everyone aged over 6 months old. Older people have a higher risk of being hospitalised from the flu and are more likely to die of complications such as pneumonia.
A free flu vaccine is available for:
- People aged over 65 years old
- People with an underlying medical condition, such as severe respiratory disease, diabetes and cardiac disease (talk to your doctor to find out if you are eligible)
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
If you don’t qualify for a free flu vaccine you can purchase it. For vaccine pricing visit Public immunisation sessions. Make an appointment to get vaccinated at one of our immunisation sessions through our online booking system.
Peak flu season runs from June to September. We recommend getting your flu vaccine in May each year. However, it’s never too late to get your vaccine.
Learn more about flu immunisation.
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious respiratory infection that often causes repeated violent bouts of coughing that can last for one to 2 months or more. Young babies are at a high risk of death from whooping cough. More than half of babies who catch whooping cough catch it from a family member.
The whooping cough vaccine is recommended for:
- People aged 65 and over who haven't been vaccinated in the last 10 years
- Grandparents or carers of infants under 6 months old (at least 2 weeks before the baby is born)
- Adults who want to reduce their chances of getting sick.
The whooping cough vaccine also includes protection against tetanus and diphtheria.
People aged 50 years and over are recommended to get a tetanus booster if they haven't had a vaccination that includes protection against tetanus in the last 10 years.
If you're a keen gardener and do regular pruning, planting and outdoor work around your home, you should get a tetanus booster every 10 years.
If you have an injury that's more than a minor cut, you may need a tetanus booster sooner. Please talk to your doctor for advice.
The tetanus vaccine also includes protection against diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis).
Shingles (herpes zoster) happens when the chickenpox virus reactivates. It can cause severe pain that can last for months. The shingles vaccine is recommended for people aged 60 years and over. It's free for people aged between 70 and 79 years old.
The shingles vaccine is not currently available at our immunisation sessions. Talk to your doctor to book a vaccination.
Pneumococcal disease is an infection that can cause pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis.
The pneumococcal disease vaccine is free for:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 50 years and over
- people in the wider community aged 70 years and over
- adults with risk conditions, such as chronic respiratory disease, chronic renal disease or cardiac disease (talk to your doctor to find out if you are eligible).
The pneumococcal disease vaccine is not available at our immunisation sessions. Talk to your doctor to book a vaccination.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause severe respiratory disease and sometimes death, particularly in older people. The COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for all adults.
COVID-19 vaccines are not available at our immunisation sessions.
To check your eligibility and the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines in your area, you can:
- visit the Department of Health
- call the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080
- talk to your doctor.