Shingles (herpes zoster) immunisation program

From November 2016, the shingles vaccine, Zostavax® has been added to the national immunisation schedule.

Watch the video presentation by Dr Jack Bourke below to learn more about the shingles vaccine.

National immunisation program

The following adults are eligible to receive the free shingles vaccine:

  • People aged 70 years of age as part of an ongoing program
  • People aged 71-79 years of age as a catch up program until 31 October 2021

People who are not eligible to receive the free vaccine can purchase the vaccine on the private market

The WA Immunisation schedule (PDF 91KB) has been updated to include the shingles vaccine, Zostavax ®

Australian Immunisation Register

Providers should submit shingles vaccination data to the Australian Immunisation Register (external site) (AIR), which commenced in September 2016, expanding upon the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).

Patient information

Patient information about the shingles vaccine, including resources developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and translated brochures for people from non-English speaking backgrounds is available on the Immunise Australia website (external site). Patient information is also available at healthywa (Healthy WA)

More information

For more information about Zostavax ® and herpes-zoster (shingles), refer to the Zoster section of the Australian Immunsiation Handbook 10th edition (external site).