Push for free shingles vaccination

National Seniors Australia is backing a push to add a shingles vaccination to the National Immunisation Program for people aged 60.

Australian immunisation guidelines recommend older Australians are vaccinated against four diseases – pneumococcal, flu, tetanus and shingles – yet only pneumococcal and influenza vaccines are funded on the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

The push comes as a new report shows 90 per cent of older Australians would consider vaccination if it were government funded.

The report, ‘Seniors and immunisation in Australia: Awareness, experiences and attitudes’  was developed by the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre and commissioned by pharmaceutical company bioCSL.

Chief executive Michael O’Neill said the report revealed older Australians were keen to safe guard their health through interventions such as vaccination, provided they had financial support to do so.

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