Lifelong vaccination journey

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Vaccination at various ages and stages helps protect us throughout our lives.

If planning a pregnancy, check that recommended vaccinations, especially the rubella vaccine, are up to date.During pregnancy, some vaccinations can provide protective antibodies to the baby. The Tdap vaccine is recommended in each pregnancy to help protect young babies from a serious infection called whooping cough. Getting the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines helps to protect the baby in the first few months after they're born and also helps protect the pregnant person from serious illness.

As babies grow, routine childhood vaccines help to protect them against serious diseases. For preteens and teens, it's recommended that they receive the HPV and meningococcal vaccines, and a hepatitis B vaccine if it was not received as a baby. A booster dose of the tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough vaccine is recommended.

For adults, tetanus boosters are recommended every 10 years. At least one adult booster should include protection against whooping cough. As we age, we are at greater risk of serious complications from infectious diseases. Influenza, pneumococcal, shingles and COVID-19 vaccinations help protect against these complications.Influenza vaccination is recommended each fall for everyone 6 months of age and older. It's also important to follow updated COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

If traveling outside Canada or if you have specific medical conditions, talk to your health care provider to find out if you need additional vaccines.

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