Adults who have been immunised as children may need booster doses to maintain immunity from certain diseases such as whooping cough.
Some vaccines are available free of charge through the National Immunisation Program Schedule Queensland. You will have to pay for other vaccines with a prescription from your doctor.
The following vaccines may be recommended for adults:
- whooping cough (pertussis)
- human papillomavirus (HPV)
- pneumococcal disease
- chickenpox (varicella).
Some people will also have additional vaccination needs.
Talk to your doctor before being vaccinated if you:
- are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy
- have previously had a serious adverse event following immunisation
- have impaired immunity due to disease or treatment.
New parents should have an adult whooping cough immunisation as soon as possible after their baby is born, as newborns are at risk of serious complications if they contract whooping cough.
In Queensland, pregnant women can have a free whooping cough vaccine in their third trimester.