Vaccines recommended for all adults
The following vaccines are routinely recommended for all adults at certain points in their life. Some of these vaccines are publicly-funded (free), and others may need to be purchased.
- Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) vaccine
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
- Shingles vaccine
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
- Influenza (flu) vaccine
Other vaccines you may need
You may also need other vaccines as an adult, depending on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, travel plans, and the vaccines you received in the past. Some are provided for free, and others may need to be purchased. Click on the link below to learn more about what they are and why you may need them.
If you missed getting immunized in childhood, you can find B.C.'s routine immunization schedule for adults 18 years and older not immunized in childhood here.
Talk to your health care provider about which vaccines are recommended for you.
Where can you get vaccinated?
You can get publicly-funded vaccines from your local health unit, most pharmacies, and some doctors’ offices. You can purchase non-publicly funded vaccines at most pharmacies and travel clinics. Services vary throughout B.C.
Keeping track of your vaccinations
Keeping a current record of your vaccinations is important. Learn more here.
Reducing pain, stress, and anxiety with vaccinations
If you're avoiding getting vaccinated because you have a fear of needles, you're not alone. Pain or fear associated with vaccinations can cause stress and anxiety for many adults and can lead some to delay getting vaccinated or avoid vaccines altogether. Fortunately, there are many strategies that can be used before and during the appointment to help reduce pain, stress, and anxiety with vaccinations. Use the tips discussed here for a more positive vaccination experience.