Immunization: for Adults

Updated August 22nd, 2018

By staying up to date with your immunizations you are protecting yourself, your family and your community.

Immunizations:

  • are safe and effective
  • protect against diseases caused by germs such as bacteria or viruses
  • are also known as a shot, needle, booster, vaccine, or vaccination

Why do adults need immunizations?

  • Adults who did not receive all their immunizations as children may be at risk of getting diseases such measles, mumps or pertussis (whooping cough).
  • Some immunizations, such as tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria, need booster (helper) shots.
  • If you are not up to date with your immunizations and have a newborn who is not fully immunized you can infect your baby with diseases.

Where do I find out which immunizations I am missing?

  • Ask your health care provider or,
  • If you live in the Winnipeg health region, you can get a copy of your Manitoba immunization record by calling the WRHA Immunization Records Clerk at 204-938-5347.

What adult immunizations do I need?

Vaccine
Age of Person

All
adults

65
years

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) *

Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td)


Every 10 years

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (Pneu-P-23)


Lifetime dose

Influenza (Flu) All Manitobans 6 months of age and older are eligible for influenza vaccine each year.

Please note: Adults who are due for a Td booster and have not previously received a pertussis-containing vaccine in adulthood; and/or, primary caregivers of a newborn infant up to 6 months of age who have not previously received a pertussis-containing vaccine in adulthood; and/or, pregnant women ≥ 26 weeks of pregnancy who have not received a dose of a pertussis-containing vaccine in adulthood.

Hot parent tip: All routine vaccines are free of charge in Manitoba.

More information:

References:
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority- Immunizations

 

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