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Vaccines (immunizations)

A vaccine (also known as an immunization) is a preparation that, when administered to a person, improves the ability of their immune system to fight germs that cause a disease. Therefore, vaccines can prevent certain illnesses, some of which are life-threatening.  Unfortunately, many Concordians have not received all the vaccines that are recommended by public health experts.

Make sure your vaccines are up-to-date to stay healthy all year long!

Routine Adult Vaccination Program

Health Services offers a Routine Adult Vaccination Program, through which you can make an appointment with a nurse to:

  • Ask questions and discuss any concerns you have regarding vaccines
  • Review your vaccination history and learn what vaccines you need
  • Receive vaccines
    • Patients may receive some vaccines for free (see table below).  For vaccines that are not free, see our paid vaccines section.
    • Patients are required to remain at Health Services for 15 minutes after being vaccinated.

Vaccination is not mandatory in Canada; it is YOUR decision whether to get vaccinated. However, the professionals at Concordia University Health Services strongly recommend that students, staff and faculty keep their vaccinations up-to-date as outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses are happening on Canadian and U.S. campuses every year.

Bring any vaccination records that you have to your appointment. You can even ask your parent/guardian to scan, copy, or send you photos of the pages if you don't have them with you. Any information you can gather will help the nurse determine what you need. But if you can't find your records, you can still have your vaccinations reviewed and updated, so don't hesitate to book your appointment!

Reliable Information about Vaccines

Since vaccination has become routine in Canada, many major diseases have been brought under control. You may have questions about vaccines. Come talk with a nurse, and explore these reliable online resources for more information.


Free Vaccines Available at Health Services

Many vaccines are available at no cost to students, staff and faculty.  Criteria may apply to get the vaccine for free (see table below).  

Vaccine; protects against Ages to receive Most common groups who can receive vaccine for free
Td (can be combined with other vaccines): protects against Tetanus (T) and Diphtheria (d)

Primary vaccination (during childhood)

50 years of age

Booster as needed with high-risk injury: talk with a health professional.

aP (Pertussis) (combined with other vaccines): protects against Pertussis (whooping cough)

Primary vaccination (during childhood)

In the third trimester of every pregnancy.

Polio (combined with other vaccines): protects against Poliomyelitis (polio)

Primary vaccination (during childhood)

Booster based on certain travel criteria.

HA (individual or combined with other vaccines): protects against Hepatitis A Series of 2 doses given 5 months apart if not received in elementary school. - People living with liver disease
- Men who have sex with men
- People who use illegal drugs
- People who use oral, inhaled, or injected drugs in unsanitary conditions
- People who live in an endemic community
HB (individual or combined with other vaccines): protects against Hepatitis B

Primary vaccination (during childhood)


Series of 2-3 doses (depending on age) over the course of 6 months.

- More than one sexual partner in lifetime
- People living with liver disease
- Immunodeficiency
- Recipients of blood transfusions
- Men who have sex with men
- Injection drug use
- Living with someone who has Hepatitis B
- Students in fields where there is a professional risk of being exposed to blood or blood products

Influenza (Flu) vaccine: protects against influenza (Flu) 6 months and older, with emphasis to those at increased risk of complications from flu. Available from November onward until stock depleted. - Consult Health Services' flu page
Pneumoccocal vaccines: protect against Pneumoccocal diseases

One dose over 2 months old if health issue

One dose to adults ≥65 years of age  

- Same as flu criteria, excluding asthma;
- People who are immunocompromised: discuss with a health professional.   
Varicella vaccine (individual or combined with MMR vaccine): protect against varicella (chicken pox)

Primary vaccination (during childhood)


2 doses given 8 weeks apart for those who did not have chickenpox at ≥1 year old.

MMR vaccine (individual or combined with Varicella vaccine): protects against Measles (M), Mumps (M) , and Rubella (R)

Primary vaccination (during childhood)


Series of 2 doses given 4 weeks apart.

HPV vaccine: protects against the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) that causes cervical cancer and genital warts

Primary vaccination (during childhood)


Series of 2-3 doses (depending on age)

- Men 26 years old and under who have sex with men
- Women 17 years of age and under
- Immunosuppression or HIV infection
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