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Common types of vaccinesCCommon types of vaccinesCommon types of vaccinesEnglishTransplant;NephrologyTeen (13-18 years)KidneysRenal system/Urinary systemProcedures;Conditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2017-11-30T05:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z





Common types of vaccines2724.00000000000Common types of vaccinesCommon types of vaccinesCEnglishTransplant;NephrologyTeen (13-18 years)KidneysRenal system/Urinary systemProcedures;Conditions and diseasesTeen (13-18 years)NA2017-11-30T05:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/TTC_Trans_S1_10-3_PBR.jpg" alt="Teen boy receiving injection" /> </figure> <h2>Required childhood vaccines</h2><p>The Canadian National Advisory Council on Immunizations (NACI) created a table showing the routine vaccines that are needed by babies, older children, and teens.</p><p>The following are important vaccines that you should have received as a baby or a child.</p><ul><li>Pneumococcal vaccine</li><li>Meningococcal vaccine</li><li>Haemophilus influenza B vaccine</li><li>Diphtheria</li><li>Tetanus</li><li>Polio</li><li>Measles, mumps, rubella</li><li>Pertussis</li><li>Varicella</li><li>Hepatitis B vaccine (at Grade 7)</li><li>Human papilloma virus (HPV) – for girls (at Grade 8).<br></li></ul><p>You can check the schedule for immunizations in Ontario by clicking <a target="_blank" href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization/static/immunization_tool.html">this link</a>.</p> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/PNM_immunization_record.jpg" alt="Yellow immunization card" /> </figure> <p>Make sure you have a record of all of the immunizations you have received since you were born! In Ontario, we use yellow immunization cards, like the one in this photo, to record your immunizations.</p><p>The card folds in three and is usually kept in a clear plastic sleeve. Make sure your doctor or nurse updates your card every time you receive a vaccine.<br></p><h2>What to do if you can’t find your immunization record</h2><p>If you can’t find your yellow immunization card (or another immunization record if you live outside Ontario), contact:</p><ul><li>your family doctor or paediatrician – they should have a record of every routine vaccine you have received</li><li>your local school board – you need to have up-to-date immunization records to go to school and the school board should have this information on file</li><li>your local Public Health Unit – it keeps records for all children who attend school.</li></ul><h2>Annual, teenage and travel vaccines</h2><h3>Influenza (flu) vaccine</h3><p>We recommend that you, your family, and any caregivers get the influenza (flu) vaccine every year. You will be able to get the flu shot as early as four to six months after your transplant.</p><h3>School vaccine programs</h3><p>You will be offered some vaccines through school programs after you turn 12 years of age, such as hepatitis B and human papilloma virus (HPV). In some cases, you will need higher doses than other kids your age. In other cases, you may have already received the immunization through the transplant team. For these reasons, please contact your transplant team before you get immunizations at school so that they can check what dose you need, if any.</p><h3>Travel vaccines</h3><p>There are special travel clinics in Ontario that give advice on the immunizations that are needed if you travel to different parts of the world. You are recommended to visit a travel clinic before travelling to many parts of the world. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover the cost of travel clinic appointments, so you will need to budget for the appointment and any travel vaccines that you get there.</p><p>It is important to plan ahead! Many travel vaccines need to be given in several doses over a period of time to work properly. So it is important to have at least two months’ notice before you travel to areas where vaccines are needed.</p><p>You can find your nearest travel clinic on the <a target="_blank" href="http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety">Health Canada website</a>.</p>