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Immunization

Immunizations are important for people of all ages, not just children. Vaccination provides the most effective protection against disease. But childhood immunizations don’t always provide lifelong immunity against some diseases. Adults require booster shots to maintain immunity against diseases such as tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria.

In addition, adults who were not fully vaccinated as a child can become sick from some vaccine-preventable diseases and, in turn, pass the infection on to others.

Which vaccines are recommended and when?

Vaccine

When Should I get it?

Tetanus, Diphtheria,
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

  • Every 10 years
  • You need one adult dose of pertussis-containing vaccine in your lifetime

Influenza (Flu)

  • Every year

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide

  • At 65 years and older
  • 19-64 years if you have specific medical conditions

Pneumococcal Conjugate

  • At 50 years and older

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • If you have never had the disease or the vaccine (adults born prior to 1970 are considered immune)

Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • If you have never had the disease or the vaccine

Meningococcal

  • If you have specific medical conditions, or are laboratory or military personnel.

Hepatitis A

  • If you have any specific medical, occupation or lifestyle risks, and if you want to be protected.

Hepatitis B

  • If you have any specific medical, occupation or lifestyle risks, and if you want to be protected.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Females 9-45 years of age; males 9-26 years of age (or older if still at increased risk)

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

  • At 50 years and older

Travel Vaccines

  • Destination dependant

Getting your shots

Contact your healthcare provider or call Public Health for an appointment at 1-800-265-7293.

Appointments made with Public Health will be held at one of our Public Health clinic locations.

Some of the vaccines we offer are publicly funded, so they are free, while other vaccines require payment. We don’t bill insurance companies directly, but we do provide a receipt for vaccines where payment is required.

Remember to always keep a record of any vaccines that you receive.

How do I know if I am up to date?

Accessing your immunization records

  • If you were born after 1981, you can call Public Health’s Immunization Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4396 to find out what immunizations we have on record for you.
  • If you were born before 1981, please contact your family doctor for your immunization record.

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