Immunization - Public Health

Important New Immunization Information

May 30, 2014 - Important MMR Memo

Childhood Immunization Program

  • An increase to two doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine at 12 months and four to six years of age
  • Use of a combined MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine-MMRV
  • Reduction to three doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar) for healthy children, to be given at two months, four months and 12 months of age
  • Childhood Immunization Schedule
  • Information about Immunization Program Changes

Adult Immunization Program:

For more information please talk to your Health Professional or contact Public Health Services at 902-481-5800 for details.

Eligible Vaccines for High Risk Groups

The Canadian Immunization Guide has made updated recommendations regarding the provision of publicly funded vaccines to those high risk of acquiring vaccine preventable diseases; therefore, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness has updated the vaccine high risk policy. Details of the high risk policy are found within the Nova Scotia Immunization Manual.
Please see the following important information:

Get your shots today!

Vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent illness. They protect you from infections and illness, so get yours now! And remember, they don't protect you against all germs so take other precautions too, like washing your hands well and often and coughing into your elbow.


Flu shots

Since October 2011, the flu shot is free of charge, for all Nova Scotians over six months of age. Find everything you need to know, including where to get your flu shots, on our flu page.

General vaccination information

Doctors and other health care professionals provide 80 percent of immunization to infants, children up to age five and adults. Public Health provides immunization to almost 100 percent of school-aged children and youth in the Capital Health district.

When to get vaccinated

For more information about vaccines and immunization please visit the following websites:

Protecting Nova Scotians through immunization is a responsibility shared between the Department of Health and Wellness, Public Health Services, primary health care practitioners and other community providers.