Immunization: for Adults
Updated October 19th, 2023
By staying up to date with your immunizations you are protecting yourself, your family and your community.
- 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.
- To request a copy of your immunization record, visit Your Immunization Record Matters
What adult immunizations do I need?
COVID-19 vaccine: it is recommended that all people born on or before December 31, 2009 get vaccinated for COVID-19 right away. To find out more about the vaccine and where to get it, click here.
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, if you are pregnant. All pregnant people need the Tdap vaccine with every pregnancy.
Hot parent tip: All routine vaccines are free of charge in Manitoba.
- Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults
- For a full list of all adult immunizations see Immunize.ca