Routine immunization schedule

Routine immunizations

Immunizing on schedule ensures your child gets the maximum possible protection from serious vaccine-preventable diseases. Start with the first appointment at two months of age and make it a priority to schedule the next appointment when it is due.

Immunizing on schedule gives your child the best immunity possible and lasts throughout childhood. Booster doses are required for some vaccines.

  • Recommended immunization schedules change from time to time. It is suggested you contact your local public health nurse for the most current information.

Routine immunization schedule

Effective:July 1, 2017

Age Vaccine
2 months • DTaP-IPV-Hib 1
• Pneumococcal conjugate (Pneu-C13)
• Rotavirus
4 months • DTaP-IPV-Hib
• Pneumococcal conjugate (Pneu-C13)
• Meningococcal conjugate (MenconC)
• Rotavirus
6 months • DTaP-IPV-Hib
• Pneumococcal conjugate (Pneu-C13) (for high risk children only)
6 months and older • Influenza 2 (annually)
12 months • MMR-Var 3
• Meningococcal conjugate (MenconC)
• Pneumococcal conjugate (Pneu-C13)
18 months • DTaP-IPV-Hib
4–6 years • dTap-IPV 4
• MMR-Var 3
Grade 5 • Hepatitis B (3 doses)
• HPV 5 (3 doses)
Grade 9 • dTap 6
• MenC-ACYW 7
• HPV (3 doses – catch up program for boys)
Adults • Td 8 (every 10 years)
• dTap 6 (one dose as an adult)
• Pneumo-P 9 (one dose for 65 years and older)

Note: Each bullet represents one vaccine/injection unless otherwise noted.

  • 1 Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b
  • 2 Annually, during influenza season
  • 3 Measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella
  • 4 Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, polio
  • 5 Human papillomavirus
  • 6 Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis
  • 7 Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Groups A, C, W-135 and Y)
  • 8 Tetanus, diphtheria
  • 9 Pneumococcal Polysaccharide

Vaccination policy changes to protect children

Amendments to the Public Health Act aim to better protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases.

2016 amendments:

Alberta Education will share student enrollment information with Alberta Health. Alberta Health will cross-reference this information with provincial immunization records to identify students with incomplete or missing immunization information.

It is a one-way information flow on student enrollment. No health information will be shared with Alberta Education.
Alberta Health already has the ability to collect student enrollment information from schools. However, the amendments will enable one secure transfer from Alberta Education to Alberta Health.

Public health nurses will work with parents whose children are not immunized or not fully immunized to share information about immunization benefits and risks, and address parents’ concerns.

Parent contact information will be shared with Alberta Health in the future when Alberta Education has this information available. At that time, parents of students in all grades will be contacted as needed by public health practitioners to review their child’s immunization status.

Parents will continue to have the final decision on immunizing their child.

To protect children with missing information or declined immunization, if a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease, such as measles, occurs at their school, they may be excluded from school. In some cases, children may need to stay home for several weeks.