Immunisation for adults

Protect yourself against serious disease by keeping up-to-date with your immunisations.

We offer adult immunisations for people funded under the National Immunisation Program and people who want to purchase vaccines.

You may be eligible for funded vaccines if you are:

  • over 65 years of age
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • pregnant, about to become pregnant
  • living with certain medical conditions
  • part of a higher-risk group, such as men who have sex with men
  • immunocompromised.

Vaccines can also be purchased at a reasonable cost for people who aren’t funded under the National Immunisation Program. We offer vaccines for:

  • hepatitis A & B
  • diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough
  • meningococcal ACWY
  • meningococcal B
  • influenza / Flu
  • human papillomavirus

For more information about adult immunisations, visit the Better Health Channel to check your immunisation HALO.

Shingles / varicella zoster

From November 1 2023, Shingrix vaccine is available under the National Immunisation Program schedule, meaning certain people can access 2 doses of this vaccine for free.

To be eligible, you:

  • must be aged 65 years or over, or 50 years or over for First Nations people, and
  • must not have had a dose of Zostavax within the last 12 months, and
  • must not have had an episode of acute shingles in the last 12 months.

Shingrix is given as 2 doses, spaced 2–6 months apart.

If you have previously paid for a dose of Shingrix vaccine and meet the eligibility criteria, you can access the second dose for free under the new funding arrangement.

Shingles vaccine is currently out-of-stock. Check back in May for updates on availability. Your local GP, pharmacy, or another council may have stock available.

Mpox

Learn more about Mpox at Better Health Channel.

Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) is a disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. It typically results in a mild illness associated with a rash. It is spread mostly through prolonged physical or intimate (skin-to-skin) contact with someone who has mpox.

Mpox can be prevented by vaccination with two doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine, given at least 28 days apart. This vaccine is funded for

  • all sexually active gay and bisexual men (cis and trans)
  • sexual partners of the above
  • sex workers
  • immunisation providers who are administering the ACAM2000 smallpox vaccine
  • laboratory workers who analyse specimens from mpox cases.

Mpox vaccine is now available for eligible clients at all sessions.

Influenza / flu vaccine

Learn more about flu at Better Health Channel.

Immunisation against the flu is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.

Some people with underlying medical conditions or reduced immunity are more at risk of complications from the flu and are eligible for free vaccination under the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

The 2024 flu vaccine is now available at all sessions for all clients aged 6 months and over.

Funded flu vaccine is available for

  • children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • anyone aged 65 years and older
  • pregnant people – at any stage of pregnancy
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • people aged 6 months or older with certain medical risk factors — you can check the list of eligible conditions at Better Health Channel.

Fee-paying flu vaccine is available to purchase for people outside these categories at a cost of $22 per dose, payable by EFTPOS at the immunisation session.

Workplace immunisations

We can visit workplaces to give employees flu vaccine and other vaccines tailored to your workplace.

Workplace immunisation can offer many benefits for employers, including:

  • Reduction of sick days for staff
  • Increased safety in the workplace – illness can slow reaction times by 20-40%
  • Compliance with Workplace Health & Safety Regulations
  • Protection against vaccine preventable diseases and unnecessary outbreaks
  • Improved staff morale by showing an interest in employee health and wellbeing

To discuss a workplace visit, contact Team Leader Lynne Ryan on 0419 765 230 or email lryan@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Contact us

Darebin Immunisation Service
270 Gower St, Preston 3072
Phone: 03 8470 8562
Email: immunise@darebin.vic.gov.au