whitePaper | September 13, 2016
Immunization protects you from disease. Get protected, get immunized. Vaccines make your immune system stronger by building antibodies, which help prevent diseases. Immunization is very safe. It’s much safer to get immunized than to get this disease. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all Albertans 6 months and older. Everyone is at risk of influenza, and anyone can get very sick and develop complications. However, the risk is highest if you: have some types of health problems (e.g., heart/lung conditions, diabetes, weak immune system and others), live in a care facility, are 65 years or older, are a child under 5 years old, are pregnant, are Indigenous. It’s very important for the above people and their close contacts (e.g., family, caregivers, healthcare providers) to get immunized every season.