On September 1, 2020, changes were made to the Québec Immunization Program. These changes are based on a recommendation made by the Comité sur l’immunisation du Québec and concern vaccines administered at school. To find out more, go to the Changes made to the school-based vaccination program section.
Vaccination is the best protection against these diseases and their complications:
Québec’s immunization schedule provides for the administration of one dose of the diphtheria and tetanus vaccine in Secondary 3. To ensure the best possible protection, a booster dose of the vaccine is recommended at 50 years of age. Under some circumstances, a dirty wound for example, the booster dose could be given before this.
Some symptoms may be caused by the vaccine, e.g. redness at the injection site. Other problems may occur by chance and are not related to the vaccine, e.g. cold, gastro, headache.
Td vaccine is safe. Most reactions are harmless and do not last long.
The nature and frequency of possible reactions to vaccine