Adults are often unaware that they are not up-to-date on their routine and recommended vaccinations. Immunizations are safe and provide the most effective protection against diseases. Childhood vaccinations provide an excellent foundation for immunity; however they do not provide life-long immunity.
An additional benefit to our community, when adults are up-to-date on their vaccinations, is that it indirectly adds protection for infants too young to be vaccinated and to those immune compromised in our community.
Your health care provider is the best person to talk to about your health. They will review your particular medical history in order to determine what vaccines are appropriate for you. Some considerations are:
- Your overall health: Certain health conditions affecting your immune system may warrant additional free vaccines to protect you
- Occupation and lifestyle risks you may be exposed to: Additional vaccines such as Hepatitis B that reduces risks during exposures to blood, body fluids, and infectious diseases may need to be updated.
- If you are planning a pregnancy: Mom’s immunizations protect the baby from serious problems from vaccine-preventable diseases during development in pregnancy.
- Your age: Some vaccinations need boosters and others are recommended for adults at certain ages, such as the Shingles vaccine.
- Your plans to travel. Some vaccines may be recommended for diseases that are rare or don’t exist in Canada and still exist in other parts of the world.
Be sure to ask your health care provider for an immunization tracking card. Record vaccinations and protect those records.
If you have further questions about immunizations, you may call and speak to a Public Health Nurse about vaccines at 519-258-2146 ext. 1222.