Infectious diseases are caused by a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. The purpose of vaccines is to prime the body so that it can respond immediately upon infection and prevent or minimize the damage that can be caused.
In this section you will find a list of the vaccines that are most relevant to - and recommended for - the average university student. The page for Health Science students also covers those vaccines that are required for Health Science students to complete their clinical requirements. All vaccines listed are available at Student Health by making an appointment with a nurse.
Vaccination costs & Health Insurance coverage
While the Department of Public Health covers the cost of many immunizations, this is not true in all cases. Some vaccines - especially those associated with travel - are provided for a fee (to be paid by debit or credit only). As such, it is important to note the amount of Vaccination Coverage your Supplemental Health Insurance plan includes.
Featured vaccines of 2014-2015!
Measles, whooping cough and meningitis B!
There have been epidemics of both measles and whooping cough on various campuses in North America in the last few years. We, therefore, want to be proactive and verify if you are adequately immunized so you don’t get sick and have a productive year.
Measles: You should have received at least two doses of a measles containing vaccine after the age of one.
Whooping cough: You should have received one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine after the age of 18.
Meningitis B: Recently a new vaccine has been accepted by Health Canada to prevent meningitis B. This is the most common form of meningitis in Quebec and other parts of Canada. Meningitis is a serious infection that can have long term debilitating consequences. It is not that common but none the less a concern, especially if you have large number of young people together in closed environments , i.e. residences or large class rooms. You should have two injections, at least one month apart.
Where can you get these: All of these are available at the Student Health clinic.
How: Book an appointment with a nurse by calling 514-398-6017.