Older adults over 65 years

Information about recommended immunisations for adults over 65 years of age, including flu.

Older adults over 65 years of age, or adults with serious heart, chest, kidney and other long-term health problems, are recommended to get the flu vaccine for protection against flu. The annual flu vaccine is made available from September each year in advance of the winter flu season. A fresh vaccine is developed and provided each year to protect against the particular flu strains circulating that year.

Everyone aged over 65 is also recommended to get the Pneumococcal vaccine, which helps protect against pneumonia as well as a form of bacterial meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria. One injection provides years of protection.

In Scotland around 7000 people aged 70 years and over get shingles every year. But now there is a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles (also known as herpes zoster), or, if you do get shingles, it can reduce how serious the symptoms will be.

Immunisations for older adults:

Influenza (Flu) vaccine
Helps protect against flu. 

Pneumococcal vaccine
Provides some protection against a form of bacterial meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria, as well as other conditions such as pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria.

Shingles vaccine
Helps reduce the risk of getting shingles.

More information:

For advice and information on any health topic, you can call the NHS inform helpline freephone on 0800 22 44 88 (8am–10pm, 7 days).

Last reviewed on 27 October 2016

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