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Immunization

Immunizations are important for people of all ages, not just children. They help protect your body against many diseases, some of which can be very serious. We can tell you what immunizations (shots) you need, and give them to you at one of our clinics.

How immunizations work

Immunizations expose your body to small amounts of the weakened or killed version of germs that cause disease. Having a vaccine means your body learns to make antibodies to that germ without getting sick. Then, if the germ enters the body in the future, the antibodies are ready to destroy it.

Vaccines do not provide 100% protection. But, if you do get sick from a germ you were vaccinated against, you will likely be less sick than if you didn’t have the vaccine.

Getting your shots

A public health nurse or your healthcare provider can tell you what vaccines you need and give you your shots. Some vaccines you had as a child may need to be “boosted” as an adult (e.g., Tetanus, Diphtheria).

You can get your shots from a Public Health clinic. Some vaccines are free and some you have to pay for. We don’t bill insurance companies directly, but we do provide a receipt for vaccines you pay for.

Always keep a record of any vaccines that you receive.

The vaccines we recommend for you will depend on:

  • Your age.
  • Your risk factors for certain diseases or illnesses.
  • Whether you have chronic illness.
  • If  you’re planning to travel.

Find out what immunizations we recommend (PDF).

Accessing your immunization records

If you were born after 1981, you can find out what immunizations we have on record for you. Call our Immunization Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4396.

If you were born before 1981, we don’t have your records. Please contact your family doctor instead.