What vaccines do adults need?
Some vaccines are routinely recommended for all adults. Others may be recommended for you depending on your age, job, lifestyle, health conditions, travel plans and the vaccines you received in the past.
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. Why aren't all vaccines free in B.C.? Find out here. Click on the link below to learn more about what they are and why you may need them.
Talk to your health care provider about which vaccines are recommended for you. If you missed getting immunized in childhood, there are recommended vaccines for you as an adult:
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 immunizations
It’s your responsibility to keep a record of the vaccines you receive. Keep your record in a safe place with other medical information or identity documents.
Keeping a current immunization record is important. Your records may be required for certain jobs, travel, or school registration.
If you don’t have an immunization record card, you can download and print one here. You can also ask your health care provider for a record card.
There is also a free mobile app that can help you keep track of your immunizations. You can find more information about the app at CANImmunize.ca.
If you do not have a record of the immunizations you have received in the past, you can find tips on locating immunization records here.