Vaccines across the Lifespan

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding during Painful Procedures – Vaccinated Babies 

TBDHU recommends breastfeeding/chestfeeding your baby during vaccinations. Research shows that breastfeeding/chestfeeding during painful procedures reduces the baby’s pain and distress. For optimal benefits, the baby should be latched and sucking before the procedure starts. For more information on breastfeeding/chestfeeding during painful procedures, please click here

Vaccines are safe, effective, and help protect people from serious diseases such as polio, tetanus, and measles. Ontario offers FREE vaccines across the lifespan. Learn more about the vaccines that are available to you and your family below.

 

Reporting Vaccine Records

Some vaccines are required for children to attend licensed child care centres and schools in Ontario. 

However, TBDHU will not automatically receive a record of immunization for vaccines received outside of TBDHU clinics. This information must be submitted by health care providers, parents/guardians, or the patients themselves. 

TBDHU does not need records for adult immunizations. However, adults may require proof of vaccinations for work, school, volunteering and more. It is recommended that adults still keep accurate immunization records for themselves. 

Visit Reporting and Obtaining Immunization Records for details on reporting or updating vaccine records.

NOTE: There are two situations where TBDHU does NOT need a copy of the vaccine record:

  • COVID-19 vaccines: All health care providers must enter the dose into the provincial reporting database for COVID-19 vaccines. This information will always be up-to-date at www.ontario.ca/get-proof
    • Influenza or flu vaccines: It is not necessary to keep a record of the annual influenza or flu vaccine. If you need proof for work or school, ask the health care provider for a proof of immunization card.

 

Getting Vaccine Doses

Thunder Bay

COVID-19 Vaccines: Visit COVID-19 Vaccines for options. 

Flu Vaccines: Visit Getting Your Flu Shot for options. 

Other Vaccines:

  • Contact your primary care provider to make an appointment.
  • No provider and living in Thunder Bay and surrounding rural communities?
    • TBDHU can provide many routine immunizations at our Main Office Vaccine Clinic with an appointment. Visit our Immunization Clinics page or call 807-625-5900 for more information.
    • TBDHU occasionally offers special evening, weekend, or pop-up vaccine clinics. These will be listed on our Immunization Clinics page as they are confirmed.
    • Before going to any vaccine clinic, call TBDHU at 807-625-5900 and ask to speak with a nurse about vaccine needs and clinic options. 
  • School-aged children will also have access to some vaccines through school-based vaccine clinics in Thunder Bay. Please visit Immunizations for School-Aged Children and Youth for more information and a clinic schedule.

District Communities

COVID-19 Vaccines: Visit District COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for options. 

Other Vaccines: 

  • Contact your primary care provider to make an appointment.
  • No health care provider? Call your local TBDHU Branch office to learn more about your vaccination options.
  • School-aged children will also have access to some vaccines through school-based vaccine clinics in District communities. Please visit Immunizations for School-Aged Children and Youth for more information and a clinic schedule.

 

Questions?

Call the Vaccine Preventable Disease program (807) 625-5900 or Toll-Free 1 (888) 294-6630.

Last Updated: 21/12/2023