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Immunization

Immunization is an important component of public health because it prevents many people from becoming sick with a communicable disease, reducing the risk to themselves and others. Newfoundland and Labrador enjoys a high uptake of immunization. This has been important for maintaining low rates of vaccine preventable diseases in the province. Getting vaccinated not only prevents you or your child from getting sick but also reduces the risk to those with less protection; like infants or people with chronic diseases.

Young children aged two months to five years receive their immunization from community health nurses at their local health unit. School-aged children are offered immunization programs delivered by community health nurses in special immunization clinics at your child’s school. Children at high risk may be eligible for additional vaccines. For more information consult your community health nurse in your local public health office.

Immunization of infants


Routine Immunization Schedule (2 months - 6 years) - July 1, 2014

In Newfoundland and Labrador the following vaccines are provided by the provincial public health program to infants/children at the ages outlined below:

Age Vaccines
Two months
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/acellular Pertussis/ polio/ Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Four months
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/acellular Pertussis/polio/Haemophilus influenzae/ type b
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Six months
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/acellular Pertussis/polio/Haemophilus influenzae/ type b
  • Pneumococcal conjugate *
  • Influenza**
  • 12 months
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella (chickenpox) on or after the 1st birthday
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Meningococcal C conjugate
  • Influenza**
  • 18 months
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/acellular Pertussis/polio/Haemophilus influenzae/ type b
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella
  • Influenza**
  • 4-6 years
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/acellular Pertussis/Polio
  • Influenza**
  • * Pneumococcal conjugate at 6 months only for those infants considered at high risk for disease.
    **Yearly influenza vaccine is recommended for children six months of age and older during the influenza season.

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    Immunization of school aged children


    Immunization Schedule for School Based Programs - July 1, 2014

    The school based immunization program carried out by public health ensures that we provide up-to-date immunizations for our students.

    The following information provides an overview of the schedule for this year and includes any changes that may affect your child.

    The vaccines listed on this schedule are provided by the provincial public health program.

    Age Vaccines
    Grade Four
  • Meningococcal
  • Grade Six
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) for girls
  • Hepatitis B
  • Grade Nine
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular Pertussis

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    How are Children Immunized in Newfoundland Labrador?

    • Young children aged two months to five years receive their immunization from community health nurses at their local public health unit.
    • School aged children are offered immunization programs delivered by community health nurses in special immunization clinics at your child’s school.

    Children at high risk may be eligible for additional vaccines. For more information consult your community health nurse in your local public health office.

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    Vaccine Information

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    Travel Immunizations

    It is important to protect yourself against disease while travelling because the safety provided by Canadian health care services may be far away. Recommendations for vaccination are dependent on the location you are visiting. The Public Health Agency of Canada provides a set of guidelines for travelers that can be found here opens in new window. Travel vaccines are purchased and administered at the expense of the traveler. You can set-up a travel vaccination by contacting your family physician or your regional health authority’s local public health clinic.

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    Immunization Records

    Individuals who wish to receive a certified copy of their Newfoundland Labrador Immunization Record should contact the Regional Health Authority of current residence:

    Eastern Regional Health Authority - St. John's 752-4894
    Eastern Regional Health Authority – Holyrood 229-1572
    Central Regional Health Authority – Gander 651-3306
    Western Regional Health Authority - Corner Brook 637-5417
    Labrador/Grenfell Regional Health Authority - St. Anthony 454-0367
    Labrador/Grenfell Regional Health Authority - Happy Valley-Goose Bay 897-2137
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