Shingles vax report card: good, but could do better

Shortages and the nature of the vaccine have marred the program's success

Australians have embraced shingles vaccination but there is still unmet need given early shortages and the fact the only option is a live vaccine, according to an expert evaluation of the national program.


The report, from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) in Sydney, says the first universal vaccine program for older adults in more than a decade has been “well received” by both patients and providers.

So much so, that the free program — which kicked off in November 2016 for adults aged 70, as