Vaccines protect an entire population by preventing the spread of disease from one person to another…the more people immunized, the less chance there is for disease to spread.
Preventing infection by immunization is a lifelong process that does not stop when you become an adult! Childhood immunization programs have significantly reduced vaccine-preventable diseases among children, but Canada's population has an increasing number of adults who remain vulnerable to these diseases.
All adults should be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. As well, adults 65 years of age and older and those with conditions that increase their chances of complications (COPD or Diabetes for example) should receive one dose of pneumococcal vaccine in addition to a yearly Influenza vaccine.
What is Seasonal Influenza?
It’s a common and highly contagious respiratory infection that affects the nose, throat and lungs. In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April.
Most people will recover from influenza within a week or ten days, but some - including those over 65 and adults and children with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cancer - are at greater risk of more severe complications, such as pneumonia. Approximately 3,500 Canadians can die from influenza and its complications annually, depending on the season.
Thinking of travelling?
Be sure you are protected against illnesses such as hepatitis, typhoid, meningitis, yellow fever or Japanese encephalitis depending on where you are going. If you’re not sure what you might need and have access to a computer, you can go to http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/index-eng.php to learn about any travel advisories that may be applicable.
As you grow older, you don’t outgrow your need for immunization. Whether you are a parent, a young adult or a senior, talk to your health care provider about being up-to-date on your immunizations.
Preventative Health Care – the Easiest Way to Protect Your Future!