Immunise Australia Program
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Immunise Australia Program. Information Line 1800 671 811
Immunise Australia Program. Information Line 1800 671 811

Older Australians

Information on immunisation and vaccination for Older Australians.


Anyone aged 65 years and older and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 50 years and over, are at high risk from influenza (flu) and pneumococcal disease and the complications of these diseases, with the great majority of deaths from these conditions occurring in these age groups.

The Australian Government funds vaccines for older Australians in order to provide greater protection against these diseases.

Pneumococcal vaccine

Free pneumococcal vaccine is provided to all Australians aged 65 years and older. See the Pneumococcal vaccination program for older Australians page for more information.

Flu vaccine

Free flu vaccine is available for all Australians aged 65 years and older from your General Practitioner and Immunisation Provider. See the Influenza vaccine program for older Australians page for more information.

Vaccines for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The National Indigenous Pneumococcal and Influenza Immunisation Program (NIPII) provides free vaccines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Pneumococcal vaccine is free Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from 50 years and aged 15 to 49 years who are at high risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD).

Influenza vaccine is free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from 15 years. See Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People page for more information.

Page last modified: 22 March, 2013