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 are 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. You will also want to protect yourself while visiting other countries through travel vaccinations. Talk to your health care provider or contact PPH and speak with a vaccine preventable disease nurse for more information.
Adult and Older Adult Immunizations
You may think of vaccination as something for kids, but the fact is you never outgrow your need to keep your shots up to date. There are many reasons why vaccines are recommended for adults:
- The protection we have from previous vaccinations can decrease for some diseases as we get older. Getting another dose (a booster) of the vaccine can strengthen your immune system and increase your protection against these diseases.
- There are illnesses that are more common in older adults for which vaccines are available.
- Some adults may have missed one or more vaccinations as a child and they need to get caught up.
- Adults may want to prevent the spread of disease to those who cannot be immunized. This may include babies, young children or grandchildren, pregnant women or people with medical conditions who have weaker immune systems.
- A list of vaccines that are recommended for adults is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/vaccines-adults .
- Vaccines in Ontario’s publicly funded immunization schedule are provided free of charge if you meet the eligibility criteria.
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.
Earning Your Trust
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