Free Shingles vaccinations for people in their 70s

12 June 2020

Older Australians are being urged to keep having free shingles vaccinations—along with their annual flu injection—to keep pushing down the incidence of the painful chicken pox-related condition.  The warning follows a study of the rapid uptake in shingles vaccinations, and corresponding decline in use of shingles (herpes zoster) antiviral treatments, since the launch of the vaccine Zostavax on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for people in their 70s in late 2016.
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The Department of Health website provides further information about the shingles vaccination program in Australia.

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