National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is underway in Canada, highlighting the importance of vaccinations for adults who need to catch up on routine immunizations disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Colin Lee, some immunizations only offer protection for a limited time, making it crucial for adults to receive booster doses of vaccines such as tetanus and pertussis to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Other vaccines, such as the shingles vaccine, may be recommended at different stages of life depending on age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits.
It’s also essential for parents, grandparents, and others to be fully vaccinated against dangerous diseases as new babies are especially vulnerable to infections. Individuals should ensure their Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccination is up-to-date, with boosters required every ten years and during each pregnancy.
Adults aged 65 or older can receive pneumococcal vaccine to prevent certain types of pneumonia. Those aged 65 to 70 who have not received the shingles vaccine can also access publicly funded shingles vaccines.
Individuals are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider to learn more about recommended vaccines. For those without a healthcare provider, publicly funded vaccines are available through the health unit.
For more information, visit smdhu.org or contact Health Connection on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.
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