Adult Immunizations

Immunizations are not just for children. All adults need to be vaccinated to stay healthy.

Adult Vaccine Schedules

 

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Adults, aged 18 to 64

Vaccine
How can I get this vaccine?
Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus, Diphtheria and acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Adults can make an appointment without referral at the local Health PEI Public Health Nursing (PHN) Office.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
If you are born after 1970 and have not been immunized or had the disease, make an appointment without referral at the local PHN.
Influenza (Flu)

Flu vaccine is recommended annually for all adults.

Visit the Influenza website for clinic details or check with your family doctor, nurse practitioner, or community pharmacist.

Herpes Zoster (Shingles) If you are 60 years old or over, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. This vaccine is not publicly funded although some insurance companies may cover the cost of this vaccine.

 

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Adults, 65 years and over

Vaccine
How can I get this vaccine?
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (Pneu-P-23)
Adults 65 and older can make an appointment without a referral at the local Health PEI Public Health Nursing (PHN) Office.
 
Adults under 65 at higher risk require a referral from a healthcare provider to PHN.
Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus, Diphtheria and acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
Adults can make an appointment without a referral at the local PHN.
Influenza (Flu)
Older adults are at higher risk of complications from influenza.  The flu vaccine is recommended annually, especially for individuals 65 years and older.
 
Visit the Influenza website for clinic details or check with your family doctor, nurse practitioner, or community pharmacist.
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

A shingles infection can be very serious, especially if you are older or have a compromised immune system.

If you are 60 years old or over, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.  This vaccine is not publicly funded although some insurance companies may cover the cost of this vaccine.

 

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Adults at higher risk

You may be considered high risk if you have a chronic illness, certain diseases including cancer, a weakened immune system or have other risk factors such as smoking or heavy drinking.

Adults at higher risk require referral from a healthcare provider to Public Health Nursing (PHN) Office.​
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (Pneu-P-23)

Adults under 65 at higher risk require a referral from a healthcare provider to PHN or may be able to receive this vaccine from their healthcare provider.

Adults 65 and older can make an appointment without a referral at the local PHN.

Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus, Diphtheria and acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
Adults can make an appointment without a referral at the local PHN.
Some adults are at higher risk of complications from influenza.  The flu vaccine is recommended annually, especially for individuals 65 years and older.
 
Visit the Influenza website for clinic details or check with your family doctor, nurse practitioner, or community pharmacist.

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Pregnant

Before pregnancy

Women intending to become pregnant should discuss their immunization status with their healthcare provider, because some vaccines are not recommended to be given during pregnancy but are important to have. That is why it is a good idea to plan ahead and get them before getting pregnant.

You should also make sure everyone in your household has their shots up to date. It is easier for newborns to get an infection, and it takes longer for a baby to be fully immunized. So it's up to those around them to provide protection.

During pregnancy

Many routine vaccines can be given safely during pregnancy. It's best to talk with your healthcare provider about the vaccines that can best protect you and your baby.

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Shingles

Shingles is a disease caused by the reoccurance of the same virus that causes chickenpox.  Complications from shingles can be painful and potentially severe.  Older adults are particularly at risk.

Vaccine
How can I get this vaccine?
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
A shingles infection can be very serious, especially if you are older or have a compromised immune system.
 
If  you are 60 years old or over, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.  This vaccine is not publicly funded although some insurance companies may cover the cost of this vaccine.

Common Questions and Answers

Do I have to pay for vaccinations?

The majority of recommended vaccines for adults are provided free of charge at Public Health Nursing offices across PEI.  For more details consult the PEI Adult Immunization Schedule. Influenza vaccine is now free of charge for everyone living in PEI.

How can I find out if my vaccinations are up to date?

Call the Public Health Nursing office in your area and speak with a public health nurse to find out if your vaccinations are up to date.

Newcomers to PEI

If you have moved to PEI from another province or country, your vaccine history may be different.  You can still contact Public Health Nursing. A public health nurse will review your current immunization record and recommend any additional vaccines.

How can I get a copy of my vaccination record?

Vaccination records are held by the Public Health Nursing. Staff of the Public Health Nursing office in your area can provide you with a copy of your vaccination record (if available) at no cost. The application process takes approximately two weeks.Image of blue and red hummingbird and maple leaf - CanImmunize smartphone app logo

Track your own immunization records

Download the CANImmunize smartphone app to manage your vaccination records and appointments.

This free, secure app includes the PEI immunization schedule.

Published date: 
September 18, 2017
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