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Adult immunisation schedule

  • The immunisations below are free through the state government and national immunisation program (NIP).
  • There are a number of different circumstances in which adults might be recommended additional vaccines.
  • Read more about adult immunisations at the Australian Department of Health website (external site).
Table: Adult immunisation schedule
Eligible groups
Pregnant women

Disease covered

When to get immunised

  • Any stage of every pregnancy

Disease covered

When to get immunised

  • Third trimester of every pregnancy
Aboriginal community

Disease covered

When to get immunised

  • Annually – Aboriginal people 15 years and over are eligible for a free influenza vaccine each year

Disease covered

When to get immunised

  • Aboriginal people who are:
    • Medically at risk (any age)
    • 15 years and over
People aged 15 – 19

Disease covered

When to get immunised

Adults born after 1965

Diseases covered

When to get immunised

  • At any time, especially before travelling overseas

*You need to have had two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR vaccine) to be protected.

Recent measles cases in WA were also traced back to people who travelled overseas and had only received one dose of the vaccine.

Read more about immunisations before you travel.

Over 65s

Disease covered

When to get immunised

  • Annually

Disease covered

70-79

Disease covered

Medically at risk

People with certain medical conditions or who are undergoing some medical treatments may have special vaccine requirements.

Speak to your doctor or health provider to learn about which vaccines are recommended for you.

Find out where you can get immunised.

Where to get help

  • For emergency or life-threatening conditions, visit an emergency department or dial triple zero (000) to call an ambulance
  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Visit healthdirect (external site) or call 1800 022 222
  • Phone the Immunise Australia Hotline on 1800 671 811

Last reviewed: 21-03-2019
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