Recommended Immunizations for Adults
Immunization is not just for kids!
Some vaccines – usually received in childhood – provide lifelong protection. Others may require boosters later on.
Some new vaccines are only for adults.
Immunization recommendations for adults begin with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
NACI recommends immunization to protect against these diseases:
- Herpes zoster (shingles)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
Not all NACI-recommended vaccines are publicly funded by provincial and territorial governments.
Information about your province’s or territory’s routine immunization schedule for healthy previously immunized adults, including which vaccines are publicly funded, can be found here.
If you want a recommended vaccine that is not publicly funded, you may need to get a prescription from your physician and purchase the vaccine at a pharmacy, or ask your pharmacist if you can be immunized in the pharmacy.
Recommended vaccines may vary based on your health or occupation. For more information about the vaccines you may need, contact your health care provider or local public health office.
- Government of Canada: Health Vaccination for adults.
- Public Health Agency of Canada: Not just for kids: An adult guide to vaccination.