was born 1961 in Niagara falls Canada,am i immunized for...

Question: 

was born 1961 in Niagara falls Canada,am i immunized for whooping cough?have no history from my childhood.mother and father gone.have a grandchild on the way,.shoul i get immunized

Answer: 

We do not have immunization records at ImmunizeBC or information on when vaccines were offered in other provinces. Below is some information on pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine recommendations for adults.

It is recommended that all adults receive one dose of the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if they have not previously received pertussis-containing vaccines in adulthood. In particular, adults who have not previously received pertussis-containing vaccines in adulthood, and who anticipate having regular contact with an infant, should receive a dose of the Tdap vaccine, ideally administered at least 2 weeks before contact with the infant.  Ensuring your pertussis vaccination is up-to-date can provide indirect protection to infants.

Due to the current incidence of pertussis activity in BC, an adult dose of the Tdap vaccine is not provided for free to adults who were immunized in childhood.  Those not eligible for the free vaccine can purchase the vaccine at most pharmacies and travel clinics.  A dose of the Tdap vaccine is however provided for free to adults who have never been immunized against pertussis, or whose immunization history is unknown (adults lacking adequate documentation of immunization are considered unimmunized). Those eligible for the free vaccine can get vaccinated at their local public health unit or pharmacy.  Some family doctors also provide immunizations. 

Protection from pertussis vaccines decreases over time, so it's important to get a booster dose.  We recommend that you discuss getting vaccinated further with your public health nurse, doctor or pharmacist who can make a recommendation for you. 

For more information about the Tdap vaccine, see the HealthLinkBC File: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine

- Immunization Nurse