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Vaccinations/Injections

Updated: Oct 7, 2023











We offer the following vaccinations/injections:






  • SHINGRIX is a vaccine that helps protect adults against shingles (also called herpes zoster). SHINGRIX can be given to adults 50 years and older, and adults 18 years and older who are or will be at increased risk of shingles due to immunodeficiency or immunosuppression caused by known disease or therapy.

  • You will receive two SHINGRIX doses, with a gap of 2 to 6 months between doses.

  • Shingrix is not covered by the BC government


For more info: https://www.shingrix.ca/en-ca/index.html






  • Gardasil-9 is a vaccine that helps protect against infection from 9 types of HPV that can lead to certain cancers and diseases, such as cervical cancer, anal cancer and genital warts. (Note all these 9 types of HPV viruses are acquired through sexual activities)

  • It’s typically given in 3 separate doses. All 3 doses should be given within one year (usually at 0, 2, 6 months interval)

  • Currently, BC government is offering Gardasil-9 (2 doses schedule) free to all Grade 6 female students

For more info: https://www.gardasil9.ca/






  • Prevnar-20 is administered as a single dose in adult to help prevent of diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis caused by 20 types of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae

  • Who should get this? Adults above 50 years of age, and those with underlying risk factors such as severe asthma

  • Not covered by BC government

For more info: https://www.prevnar20.ca/








  • PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) is a vaccine indicated for active immunization for the prevention of pneumococcal disease caused by the 23 serotypes contained in the vaccine

  • PNEUMOVAX®23 is offered FREE by BC government to all BC residents 65 years old or above, and those with underlying risk factors

For more info: https://www.merckvaccines.com/pneumovax23/










  • HAVRIX is a vaccine indicated for active immunization against disease caused by hepatitis A virus

  • A single dose is given, followed by a booster dose given between 6 and 12 months later

  • Havrix is not covered by BC government

For more info: https://gskpro.com/en-us/products/havrix/






  • Engerix-B is indicated for active immunization against hepatitis B infection

  • For adults, it is usually given the first dose, 2nd booster dose after one month, and a 3rd booster given 6 months after the first dose

  • BC government will provide coverage for Engerix-B under certain circumstances.

For more info: https://ca.gsk.com/media/6239/engerix-b.pdf







  • Twinrix is a vaccine used in adults, adolescents, children, and infants to prevent hepatitis A and B diseases

  • It is usually given the first dose, 2nd booster dose after one month, and a 3rd booster given 6 months after the first dose

  • Twinrix is not covered by BC government

For more info: https://www.twinrix.ca/en-ca/why-twinrix.html






  • Adacel is indicated for active booster immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Adacel is approved for use in individuals 10 through 64 years of age.

  • BC government is offering Adacel FREE to the following populations:

    • All BC resident one dose every 10 years for tetanus protection

    • Immunization during the third trimester of pregnancy to prevent pertussis in infants younger than 2 months of age.





  • Prolia (denosumab injection) is used to treat osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of the bone) in women after menopause, who have an increased risk for fractures or cannot use other osteoporosis medicines, or for whom other osteoporosis medicines did not work well.

  • Prolia (denosumab injection) is also used to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture.

  • Prolia is injected subcutaneously once every 6 months

  • Prolia must be prescribed by a physician

  • BC government only cover Prolia under certain limited criteria




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