What immunizations do I need as an adult?
Keeping up-to-date with your immunizations is important to staying healthy.
Immunizations are not just for children. Some childhood immunizations, such as tetanus and diphtheria, do not give immunity for life – so even if you were immunized as a child, you may require ‘booster shots’ as an adult. For example, all adults in B.C. can get a booster of tetanus and diphtheria vaccine every 10 years.
Adults who did not complete their vaccines as a child are at risk for infection and can also infect others. For example, adults who are infected with measles or pertussis (whooping cough) can infect infants who may not be fully immunized.
Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) recommends vaccines for adults based on immunization history, age, health and other risk factors.
What immunizations do I need if I am a New Canadian?
Immunizations schedules are often different from country to country. As a new Canadian, there may be free vaccines that you need. Talk with your doctor or a Public Health nurse to find out what vaccines you may need.
What immunizations do I need if I have a chronic health condition?
Different chronic health conditions can put you at risk for different vaccine preventable diseases. Talk with your doctor or a Public Health nurse to find out what vaccines you may need.
Where do I get immunized?
Getting immunized is the best way to protect yourself against disease. When you get immunized you help to protect others as well.
Book your appointment with your doctor, pharmacist or Public Health.
To book an immunization appointment with Public Health:
Residents of Fraser East (Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope), call 604-702-4906
Residents in any other area of Fraser Health, call 604-476-7087
Travelling with your family?
Protect yourself from serious illnesses while travelling. Get your travel immunizations before your trip.
How much do vaccines cost?
Most vaccines are free (publicly funded). However, there are some vaccines that may be recommended but not publicly funded. Speak with your doctor, pharmacist or Public Health for details.
Where can I get my immunization records?
Get access to your immunization records.