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All About Vaccines - video 
Note: information in this video is based on Ontario schedule- refer to  Saskatchewan immunization schedules. ​

Fact Sheets containing information for routine, free vaccines are available on the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health web page.  Most are available in both English and French.  A brief description of the routine vaccines are listed below in the order given from childhood to adult:

DTap-Polio-Hib

  • Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), polio and haemophilus influenzae type b
  • For use in children under age 7 as part of the primary immunization series
  • Given at 2, 4, 6 and 18 months of age

Pneumococcal 13 conjugate

  • Protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal bacteria that commonly cause pneumonia and middle ear infections in childhood
  • For use in children under the age of 9
  • Given at 2, 4, and 12 months of age

Rotavirus

  • Protects against a virus that causes severe diarrhea in babies and young children
  • Oral vaccine given at 2 and 4 months of age

MMRV

  • Protects against measles, mumps, rubella (german measles) and chickenpox disease
  • Given at 12 and 18 months of age
  • First dose to be given on or after 1st birthday

Meningococcal-C conjugate

  • Protects against infection from the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis which can cause infection of the blood (sepsis) or lining of the brain (meningitis)
  • Given at 12 months of age
  • May be given under one year of age by purchasing vaccine, if recommended by physician

DTaP-Polio

  • Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough) and polio
  • Given at the 4 year old visit
  • For use in children under age 7 years

Meningococcal-C A,C,Y,W-135

  • Protects against infection from the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis which can cause infection of the blood (sepsis) or lining of the brain (meningitis)
  • Given in grade 6 as part of the routine childhood schedule
  • Also given to those who are considered at high-risk such as individuals with no spleen, immune disorders, organ or stem cell transplants, cochlear implants or close contacts of a person who has the disease

Hepatitis B

  • Protects against hepatitis B virus which causes a liver infection
  • Free for anyone born after January 1, 1984
  • Given routinely in grade 6
  • Also available prior to grade 6 for children coming from a hepatitis B high-risk country (talk to a Public Health Nurse for more information)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Protects against human papillomavirus which can cause genital warts and cancer of the cervix
  • For use between the ages of 9 and 26 years
  • Given at no charge to females in grade 6

Varicella (chickenpox)

  • Protects against chickenpox disease
  • For use in persons over 12 months of age
  • Given in grade 6, if not previously received during previous childhood immunizations 

MMR

  • Protects against measles, mumps and rubella (german measles)
  • Given in grade 6, if haven't previously received 2 doses during previous childhood immunizations
  • Booster recommended for persons born after 1970

Tdap

  • Protects against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) 
  • Given in grade 8
  • Given to all parents and primary caregivers of infants under 6 months
  • Given once as an adult boost when due for tetanus/diphtheria

Influenza

  • Protects against 3 seasonal strains of influenza which cause infection in the upper respiratory tract
  • For use in persons over the age of 6 months
  • Recommended each fall for everyone but especially important for those considered at high-risk
  • Click here for more information about the influenza program

Td

  • Protects against tetanus and diphtheria
  • For use in persons over the age of 7 years
  • Given as an adult booster every 10 years

Pneumococcal 23

  • Protects against 23 strains of pneumococcal bacteria that commonly cause pneumonia in adults
  • For use in persons over the age of 2 years
  • Given free to persons 65 years of age or older.  One dose- no booster required.

 

Last Modified: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 |
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