Immunization for your child is always a hot topic. I recall many conversations my wife and I had about this subject.  

We always see so much in the news and hear from our friends about the pro's and con's for immunization.  What is right? What is wrong? I am not sure if we will ever know. I am not going to tell you one way or the other, but should you decide to immunize your children here are some tips and important links for you.

What is the basic schedule for immunization?

Immunizations are done at the following ages:

  • Months 2, 4, 6, 12, and 18
  • 4 years of age
  • Grade 6 and grade 9
  • Adult

You can download the Alberta Health Services Routine Immunization Schedule here. Just make sure you always check the Alberta Health Services website for updates or more current schedules. If you have the time, you can create your own child's vaccination schedule here.

Where do I go to immunize my child in Alberta?

Immunization is completed by Alberta Health Services usually at your closest Alberta Health Services Public Office or Community Health Center. To get the closest location dial 811 for Health Link or check online for an Alberta Health Services Office near you.

Making this decision should be done with gathering some research and definitely discuss with your spouse. Here are a few other resources to help you:

Some common immunizations that are recommended:

  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Chickenpox and Measles
  • Diphtheria and whooping cough
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio and Rotavirus

Are vaccines safe?

Here is a video that was produced by the Edmonton Catholic Schools in conjunction with Partners with Parents, a wellness and safety series. It would be nice to have a doctor on this video as well, but nonetheless it does cover the main ideas around immunizations.

 

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