Vaccines & Immunizations
The City of Hamilton does not offer travel clinics.
Travel clinics provide vaccines or medication you need while travelling for diseases such as yellow fever or malaria.
The Public Health Agency of Canada designates and regulates Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres, but not any other travel clinics.
Report your child's vaccines to Public Health
Provide a copy of your child's yellow immunization card or a record from their doctor by:
- Fax: 905-546-4841
- Mail: City of Hamilton, Public Health Services, Vaccine Program, P.O. Box 897, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3P6
- Phone: 905-540-5250 - have your child's vaccine dates and health card number ready
Vaccines are a safe way to protect people against many infections or diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
A vaccine is usually given by a needle. You need to get each vaccine at a specific time to provide the best protection against diseases. Sometimes you need more than one dose of a vaccine. It is important to keep track of which vaccines you or your child gets.
Why you should get vaccinated
- Vaccines save lives, are safe and effective. The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks of disease.
- Travel can spread diseases quickly.
- There is no treatment for some diseases, such as diphtheria and meningococcal diseases. These diseases kill one in 10 people who get them.
- Vaccines are the only way for you to be protected from some diseases.
- You can protect yourself and those around you from diseases. Babies are less likely to get pertussis or flu if their parents and caregivers get the vaccines.
- Diseases can be eliminated if enough people are immunized. The last case of smallpox was in 1979.
- You will be immune without the risks of getting the disease. Getting the disease could cause severe illness or death.