Immunisation is a very important aspect of health promotion for seniors. This is due to the immune system becoming less effective as we age, as well as being at an increased risk of severe disease.
The following vaccines are provided free via the NIP to adults and seniors aged 65 years and over:
- influenza (flu)
The flu is a respiratory virus that can cause severe infections and complications even in healthy people. For older adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions, the risk of severe disease and death is even higher.
People with the flu can have a fever, cough, headache, muscle aches or feel more tired than usual. Older people often experience confusion.
Flu vaccines for people over 65 years of age contain a special ingredient called an adjuvant, which increases the immune response. Having a flu vaccine every year is free and a safe way to stay protected.