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I am a healthy 26-year old female who has never been...
I am a healthy 26-year old female who has never been vaccinated since birth. However, to become a health care aide I need to be immunized. Could you please educate me on the steps that I need to take? Should I proceed with caution because I never had shots? How much does it cost to be vaccinated?
Vaccines are very safe and effective. Before getting a vaccine, your health care provider will tell you about the possible side effects of the vaccine. The side effects are usually very minor, like soreness, redness, or swelling where the vaccine was given, or a mild fever and subside after a day or two. The schedule for unimmunized adults is here. The vaccines listed are publicly funded (free) for those that are eligible. Please contact your local community health centre/public health unit and ask to speak to a public health nurse. You will find the number here. It will be important to mention that you will be a health care aide. There are also various options for where you can be immunized. The public health nurse can provide that information and answer any other questions that you may have.