Immunize Canada      Immunisation Canada

Adults & adolescents

Immunization is not just for kids!

Not just for children

At any age, vaccination provides the longest-lasting, most effective protection against disease. But childhood immunization does not provide lifelong immunity against some diseases such as tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria.

Adults require helper, or booster, shots to maintain immunity. As well, adults who were not adequately immunized as children may be at risk of infection from other vaccine-preventable diseases. They can also infect others. For example, adults who contract measles, mumps or pertussis (whooping cough) can infect infants who may not yet be fully immunized.

Seasonal Immunization

Some immunizations are required seasonally. Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious infection of the airways caused by the influenza virus. New strains of influenza circulate every year, requiring immunization every autumn. Some people think that influenza is a mild illness, but it can be a very serious illness for individuals over 65 years of age, infants and children or adults with underlying chronic conditions who can develop more serious complications. Individuals who do not get immunized are at risk of infection from the influenza virus and can also infect others. Seasonal influenza immunization is the most effective way to protect yourself and others from one of Canada’s most common diseases – influenza.

Travel Immunization

Individuals who travel abroad also require immunizations. Diseases rarely found in Canada are common in other parts of the world. Immunizations offer the most effective protection against diseases such as hepatitis A and measles.

Individuals are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about being up to date on your immunization, as well as whether special immunizations are needed for the countries you are traveling to.

Keep a record of your immunizations!


Public Health Agency of Canada. Travel Health. (external link)

Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadian Immunization Guide. Evergreen edition. (external link)

Adult immunization resources

Adult Immunization Record
Adult immunization record
PDF (135k)
What Vaccines Do You Need?
What vaccines do you need?
PDF (98k)
Top 10 Reasons
Top 10 Reasons to Ask
about Adult Immunization
PDF (97k)
cover, in English
Immunization for Adults:
How do I know what
immunizations I need?

English (PDF: 506k)
French (PDF: 512k)
poster, in English
Immunization protects everyone
English (PDF: 143k)
French (PDF: 147k)
tetanus brochure
Tetanus brochure
English (PDF: 208k)
French (PDF: 209k)
tetanus print ad
Tetanus 1/2-page print ad
English (PDF: 103k)
French (PDF: 103k)
tetanus poster
Tetanus poster
English (PDF: 112k)
French (PDF: 111k)
tetanus banner ad
Tetanus banner ad
English (PDF: 79k)
French (PDF: 79k)
Shingles brochure, in English
Protect Yourself Against Shingles

English (PDF: 116k)
French (PDF: 117k)
Shingles pocket guide for immunizers, in English
Herpes zoster vaccine:
Pocket guide for immunizers

English (PDF: 83k)
French (PDF: 89k)