National Immunization Awareness Week - April 20-27

National Immunization Awareness Week happens every year to recognize the importance of immunization. One hundred years ago, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death worldwide. They now cause less than 5% of all deaths in Canada – thanks in part to immunization, which protects individuals and communities by preventing the spread of disease. The disease risk for everyone lowers as more people are immunized. Immunization is the single most cost-effective health investment and a key factor for promoting health.

Why Children Immunization is Important
Childhood immunization should begin at 2 months of age with additional doses at 4, 6, 12, and 18 months. Most diseases pose the greatest health risk to children under the age of 2 years. The best protection for children is to start immunization on time, and with all the recommended doses. For more information, visit a Parents’ Guide to Vaccination.

Adult Immunizations – Keep up to Date!
Did you know that you can contract tetanus from objects that break your skin open? It can happen while working in the garden, on the farm, doing home repairs, or even from animal bites. A tetanus booster is recommended every 10 years.

Adults with chronic conditions, or people age 65 and older, are eligible to receive the pneumoccocal vaccine. This vaccine protects against this bacterial infection. 

Speak with your primary care provider to ensure that you are up to date with your immunizations. 

Are you new to Manitoba?
If you are a newcomer, connect with your local Public Health office to ensure your immunization records are current. This is important so that your primary care provider has access to accurate information.

For More Info:
Visit or the Manitoba Routine Immunization Schedule where you can find out more about vaccines that are available at no charge through your Public Health office or primary care provider (see for a listing of the Public Health-Healthy Living offices near you).