Although vaccine-preventable disease case levels decreased significantly over the last 40 years, this does not mean diseases have disappeared from North America. Recently, we have seen outbreaks of diseases that many thought had been eliminated on this continent and have shown that vaccination is still important for public and personal health.
Due to a wide variety of factors, many individuals have not received important vaccinations that would protect them from potentially deadly or debilitating diseases such as meningitis, whooping cough and shingles. Passport Health’s travel clinics’ goal is to ensure that everyone, not just travellers, are vaccinated against these dangerous diseases.
Do I Need To Be Vaccinated?
Some vaccinations are classified as routine because they are recommended for everyone or for large portions of the population. In many cases, individuals will be vaccinated when they are young, but may require boosters as time passes. Research has also suggests some individuals who may be exposed to a disease, such as parents who may be exposed to childhood infection, should consider receiving a booster to help ensure further immunity.
The following vaccinations are recommended for all individuals of any age and generally require just one series of injections:
Various vaccinations require regular boosters, this is to help ensure immunity and protect those who may have immune issues such as the very young, very old or immunocompromised:
Not all vaccinations can be given to young children, the follow are recommended (and in some cases required) for adolescents:
Some vaccinations are specifically recommended for older individuals or those who may be immunocompromised:
For more information on these immunizations, please visit their individual pages and if you would like to schedule an appointment at a Passport Health clinic near you, please contact a Passport Health representative at .
Looking For Routine Testing?
Passport Health also offers tuberculosis testing to the thousands of clients that walk through our doors. These tests are often required for employment in some sectors or for entrance into certain educational institutions. To find out more about these tests, please visit their individual pages.