Contemplator QA Post Category: Immunization

Where can I find more information about immunization?

For more information: Talk with your health care provider Call Health Link at 811 Contact your local community or public health centre  Visit AHS Immunization and Vaccines Visit Travel Advice and Advisories for travel information by destination and COVID-19 Travel page for general information about COVID-19

What is mpox?

Mpox (previously called monkeypox) is a rare illness caused by infection with the mpox virus.  The virus is related to the smallpox virus but typically is less serious. Mpox spreads through close contact with someone who has it. It may also spread if you have contact with bedding, sheets, or clothing that touches the rash […]

Can COVID-19 vaccine be given during pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy?

Yes, COVID-19 vaccine can be given when you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. COVID-19 immunization lowers the risk of becoming very sick from the virus and problems like preterm birth. When you’re pregnant, you have a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 being admitted to the hospital, developing lung complications, or having […]

Why is COVID-19 immunization recommended?

COVID-19 vaccines protect against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also known as COVID-19). The virus causes an infection in the lungs. In some cases, it can also cause problems with other body organs. The COVID-19 vaccine lowers your chance of being very sick from COVID-19 and spreading the virus to others. Although the vaccine will not prevent […]

Are vaccines safe?

Yes, vaccines used in Canada are very safe. Getting immunized is much safer than getting the disease. In Canada, vaccines must go through strict testing before they are approved for use. Health Canada carefully oversees how vaccines are produced. Vaccines go through detailed tests and quality checks. Health care providers follow strict methods to make […]

Can I be immunized when I’m pregnant?

Some vaccines are recommended during pregnancy.  The yearly influenza (flu) vaccine is one that is recommended. In Alberta, dTap vaccine is also recommended during each pregnancy. It is usually given between 27 and 32 weeks.

How do I know if I’ve been immunized?

Immunization records are available to anyone immunized in Alberta. They are available electronically for those age 14 years and older by registering for MyHealth Records If you had your immunizations in other provinces, you can contact the health authorities in those provinces for a copy of your records. If you were immunized in another country, […]

What vaccines are recommended for adults?

The vaccines you need as an adult depend on your age, overall health, pregnancy status, job, and travel plans. Your needs also depend on who you are in close contact with and which vaccines you had in the past Some vaccines protect for life, while others need to be repeated (boosted) after a certain period […]

Why is immunization important?

Immunization protects against many preventable diseases. Vaccines help strengthen your immune system and build antibodies to help prevent diseases. Getting immunized is much safer than getting the disease it prevents. Before trying to get pregnant, check that your immunizations are up-to-date. This will give you the best possible protection throughout pregnancy.