May 29,

Immunization

Immunization

NEW: Shingles Vaccine for 65-70 year olds

As of September 15, 2016, the Ministry Of Health and Long Term Care is publicly funding the shingles vaccine (Zostavax) for those aged 65-70. Up until December 31, 2016, those born in 1945 are also eligible. For more information, please view the patient fact sheet on the Ministry’s website.

The shingles vaccine is available through your health care provider.

Immunization: Give Yourself a Boost!

Keeping your immunizations up to date is key to staying healthy and preventing the spread of disease. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect yourself and others who vulnerable to getting sick, especially babies and the elderly.  Some vaccines given in childhood require booster shots later on, while others like the flu shot are given annually.

Planning a trip? Be sure to visit our travel clinic at least three months before you leave to find out what immunizations you need.

Important Immunizations for Older Adults

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario will  help you learn more about vaccines and Ontario’s free immunization program. When you are vaccinated you actually build up your immune system, making you stronger and more resistant to disease as you grow. Like eating well and exercise, getting immunized is a foundation for a healthy life. Immunization is both a safe and necessary part of encouraging the health of you and your family. And always remember to talk to your health care provider or contact Public Health for more information.

Last modified on Oct 03, 2016