Immunization is a way of providing protection against many infectious diseases that were once common in Canada and around the world. Immunizations are also called vaccinations, needles or “shots”. Vaccines help the immune system learn how to recognize and fight the germs that can cause serious illness or death.
Why are vaccines important? Vaccines are known to be safe and effective. Vaccines help protect children and adults against serious diseases. Because of vaccines, not many Manitobans and Canadians get sick or die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines in Manitoba Publically funded vaccines are available to residents of Manitoba based on the Manitoba Immunization Schedule. This schedule outlines the routine immunizations recommended for infants, children and adults. Click here for more information. These vaccines are available from multiple health care providers in the Interlake-Eastern RHA: