From the 1st of November 2016, a free vaccine for shingles will be funded under the National Immunisation Program for all people aged 70, with a five year catch-up program for people aged 71-79 until the 31st of October 2021.
To receive this 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 protect 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 can privately purchase it.
Vaccinations don't stop at childhood. Ask your general practitioner or vaccination provider about other vaccines you may be eligible for.