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Parents & caregivers: put this on the top of your back to school shopping list

As September looms and parents prepare to send their kids back to school, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is stressing the importance of up-to-date vaccinations for all children entering kindergarten.
Children starting kindergarten should have their free, up-to-date booster shots to protect against:
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Whooping cough
  • Chicken pox
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
As we saw with the recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks, these diseases are highly infectious and can spread quickly among those who aren’t vaccinated.

Where can I have my child immunized?

Vaccines can be obtained for free from family doctors or from public health nurses at VCH community health centres. Visit for kindergarten immunization times. To learn more about immunizations download the PDF booklet Immunization: An important choice you make for your child.

Protect your child & everyone else

Parents are asked to submit their children’s immunization record before their child begins attending school. If someone at school contracts a vaccine-preventable infectious disease, children who are not immunized may have to stay home until it is safe to return. By ensuring your child is immunized, not only are you protecting their health but those in the community as well.
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