WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS* DO YOU NEED TODAY?
- I am age 18 or younger, am attending school, and haven't had a meningococcal shot since my 16th birthday. 1
- I am traveling to an area of the world where meningococcal disease is common. 1
- I am a microbiologist routinely exposed to isolates of Neisseria meningitidis. 1
- I was previously vaccinated 5 or more years ago and continue to be at risk for meningococcal disease. 1
- I have not been vaccinated against all 5 main strains of meningococcal bacteria (A, C, W, Y and now B**).
**The vaccine against strain B meningococcal bacteria first became available in Canada in early 2014. 6
SHINGLES (ZOSTER) VACCINATION
- I am an adult age 50 or older and haven't had a shingles shot.2
- I haven't had my seasonal (early fall to late spring) flu vaccination.2
- I am at risk for influenza complications, and/or I want protection against influenza.
- I have contact with children less than 5 years of age or other high-risk individuals.2
HEPATITIS A VACCINATION
- I have occupational or lifestyle risks and/ or I want protection against hepatitis A.3
- I was vaccinated with hepatitis A vaccine in the past but never received a second shot.3
- I might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus in the past 2 weeks.3
- I haven't completed the 2-dose series of hepatitis A, and:
- I travel or plan to travel to countries where hepatitis A is common.3
- I will have contact with an adopted child within the first 60 days of their arrival from a country where hepatitis A is common.3
- I am a man who has sex with men.3
- I use street drugs.3
- I have chronic liver disease.3
HEPATITIS B VACCINATION
- I have occupational or lifestyle risks and/or I want protection against hepatitis B.4
- I was vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine in the past but never completed the full 3-dose series.4
- I haven’t completed the 3-dose series of hepatitis B shots, and:
- I am sexually active and am not in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship.4
- I am a man who has sex with men.4
- I am an immigrant from an area of the world where hepatitis B is common.4
- I live with or have sex with a person with hepatitis B.4
- I have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.4
- I inject street drugs.4
- I have chronic liver disease.4
- I am or will be on kidney dialysis.4
- I provide direct services for people with developmental disabilities.4
- I travel or plan to travel outside of Canada to destinations where Hepatitis B is common.4
TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL TODAY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR VACCINATION NEEDS!
- I am age 65 or older, and:
- I have never had a pneumococcal shot, or
- it has been 5 years or more since the last shot.5
- I am younger than age 65, I have not had a pneumococcal shot, and may be at increased risk because:
- I live in a long term care facility.5
- I smoke cigarettes.5
- I have heart, lung (including asthma), liver, or kidney disease.4, 5
- I have diabetes.5
- I have alcoholism.5
- I have a medical condition that affects my immune system (eg, HIV) or requires immune suppressing treatment.5
TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA, AND PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH) CONTAINING VACCINATION (Td & Tdap)
- I have not had or am not aware of having a vaccine containing tetanus or pertussis (Tdap) as an adolescent or adult.2
- It has been 10 years or more since I received any tetanus and diphtheria-containing shots.2
- I am in contact with infants and want to reduce the risk of transmitting pertussis to those who are too young to be fully protected.2
HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV)
- I am a female between the ages of 9 and 45, with or without a history of abnormal Pap tests, genital warts, or HPV infection.7
- I am a male between the ages of 9 and 26, with or without a history of genital warts, or HPV infection.7
NOTE: Adults who travel may need additional vaccinations. Talk to your healthcare professional or visit a Travel Clinic.
- “Canadian Immunization Guide: Part 4 Active Vaccines: Meningococcal Vaccine.” Public Health Agency of Canada. N.p., 30 November 2012. Web. 20 December 2013.
- “Canadian Immunization Guide: Part 3 Vaccination of Specific Populations: Immunization of Adults.” Public Health Agency of Canada. N.p., 27 August 2013. Web. 20 December 2013.
- “Canadian Immunization Guide: Part 4 Active Vaccines: Hepatitis A Vaccine.” Public Health Agency of Canada. N.p., 30 November 2012. Web. 20 December 2013.
- “Canadian Immunization Guide: Part 4 Active Vaccines: Hepatitis B Vaccine.” Public Health Agency of Canada. N.p., 30 November 2012. Web. 20 December 2013.
- “Canadian Immunization Guide: Part 4 Active Vaccines: Pneumococcal Vaccine.” Public Health Agency of Canada. N.p., 30 November 2012. Web. 20 December 2013.
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. Health Canada Approves Bexsero*, the First Vaccine Available to Prevent Meningococcal Serogroup B (MenB). Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., 9 December 2013.
- Canada. National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). “Canada Communicable Disease Report: Update on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.” Volume 38, ACS-1. Jan. 2008. Public Health Agency of Canada. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.