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The mumps vaccine is combined with the measles and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine). Please contact a local health unit and ask to speak to a Public Health Nurse who can review your immunization history to see if you qualify for publicly funded (free) vaccine. If not, you may purchase MMR vaccine from a pharmacy or travel clinic.

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We recommend that call your local health unit and ask to speak to a Public Health Nurse who can assess your situation. You can find the number for your local health unit here.

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The recommended TWINRIX® dosing schedule consists of 3 vaccine doses over the course of 6 months, with the second and third doses given at one month and six months following the first dose respectively. To help ensure adequate protection against hepatitis A and B, make sure you complete all 3 vaccine doses.

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Common reactions to the inactivated influenza vaccine or flu shot include soreness, redness and swelling where the vaccine was given. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, aching muscles and fatigue that may last 1 to 2 days. Fewer than 1 in 20 people may have oculo-respiratory syndrome (ORS). Symptoms of ORS include red eyes and a cough and/or sore throat and/or hoarseness.

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Vaccines have saved more lives in Canada than any other medical intervention in the past 50 years. Before vaccines became available many Canadians died from diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio that are now preventable by immunization.

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