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Adults >50 years old are at increased risk of some vaccine-preventable diseases and of serious complications from these diseases, even if they are otherwise healthy. Was the person born during or since 1966? Check to see if they have received any MMR vaccines. Offer 2 doses of MMR vaccine, 1 month apart, if they have not already received them. Is the person 50 years old or more? Check to see if they need any of the following. Booster doses: immunity to some diseases can start to wane in older people, and they may need booster doses of some vaccines. Offer adults aged 50 years a booster dose of dTpa vaccine to protect against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, if their last dose was more thn 10 years ago. Offer adults aged at least 65 years a booster dose of dTpa vaccine if their last dose was more than 10 years ago. Herpes zoster (shingles): the incidence of herpes zoster increases with age, as does the incidence of serious complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia. Give adults aged 70–79 years a dose of zoster vaccine if they have not already received one (funded under the National Immunisation Program). Invasive pneumococcal disease: this disease is more prevalent in older adults. Give 23vPPV to non-Indigenous adults aged at least 65 years is they have not already received a dose (funded under the National Immunisation Program). Give 23vPPV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults aged at least 50 years, and give another dose 5 years later (funded under the National Immunisation Program). Influenza: influenza-associated mortality rates are highest among older adults and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Each year, give non-Indigenous adults aged at least 65 years a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine (funded under the National Immunisation Program). Each year, give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults of any age a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine (funded under the National Immunisation Program). See the Australian Immunisation Handbook for more details.

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MMR
measles-mumps-rubella
dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
23vPPV
23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine