Adults Need Shots, and I Don’t Mean the Alcoholic Kind!

by Kristin Gagnon, RN

Adults Need Shots, and I Don’t Mean the Alcoholic Kind!

by Kristin Gagnon, RN

by Kristin Gagnon, RN

Adults need booster shots at Travel Safe ClinicAdults need boosters too

The need for vaccination does not end after childhood, as many people may think. Some diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough are still a risk in BC.


Protection from many vaccines received as a child can wear off over time so getting another dose (called a booster) can increase immunity to provide the best and longest lasting protection.


Some people cannot get immunized, such as babies that are too young for vaccines, or people with certain medical conditions. Vaccination is the best way to protect you and those around you from vaccine-preventable diseases.



Vaccine-preventable diseases that adults can get immunized for include:

  • diphtheria
  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis B
  • herpes zoster (shingles)
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • influenza
  • measles
  • mumps
  • meningococcal
  • pertussis (whooping cough)
  • pneumococcal
  • polio
  • rubella
  • tetanus
  • varicella (chicken pox)


Travelling? There might be other vaccines too!

As well as keeping up to date on your routine vaccines, you might need others for travel. Depending on your destination you may also need vaccines for typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, rabies, cholera, or traveller’s diarrhea.

Whethertravelling or not, at TravelSafe clinic we can help you determine what vaccines are needed and how many doses.


It’s never too late to finish your vaccine series!

Sometimes life gets in the way and it’s not always possible to come back to the clinic to complete a vaccine series according to the recommended schedule. It’s never too late to finish! Completing your vaccine series ensures long term protection, so when that next vacation presents itself all you’ll need to worry about is what to pack!

For more information see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s guide, Not Just For Kids. An Adult Guide to Vaccination


Before you travel, protect your health.

TravelSafely with TravelSafe Immunization Clinic