Despite popular belief, vaccines are not just for infants and children. In fact,
the Health Unit provides immunization services to people of all ages living
within Ontario. Your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations
of travel, and previous immunizations determine which vaccines you need to
Please see the Canadian immunization schedule website for your child’s
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Adult vaccines that are routinely recommended may include:
• Tetanus/Diphtheria (every ten years)
• Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B
Immunization is a process that helps the body fight off diseases caused by
certain viruses and bacteria. It is important for everyone to be immunized so
that they and the community are protected against many vaccine preventable
diseases that may cause serious illness, disability or death.
Some immunizations do not protect against the disease for life; examples
– tetanus, whooping cough and influenza. Therefore additional doses are
recommended to make sure ongoing protection against these diseases is maintained.
While immunization is encouraged, it is not mandatory. When your child
enters a New Brunswick school for the first time, you are required under the
Education Act and the Public Health Act to provide proof of immunization.
Proof of immunization is also required for children who attend a day care
center. The law allows parent/s or legal guardian(s) to refuse immunization
based on medical reasons or for reasons of religious belief or conscience. An
exemption form is available from your local Public Health office.
A Parent’s Guide to Immunization
Quick checklist for your baby’s immunizations
To make sure your baby gets all immunizations on time:
• Make an appointment. The first immunization starts at the age of 2 months.
• Bring your baby’s immunization record. You will need your baby’s immunization record, which
you’ll get at the first appointment.
• Make the next appointment. Set a date for your baby’s next immunization before you leave your
doctor’s office or public health office (CLSC in Quebec).
• Mark the next date on your calendar. Do this as soon as you get home so you won’t forget.
• Keep your baby’s immunization record safe. Put it in a safe place so you can find it when you need it.