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:
- Whooping cough
- Chicken pox
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.
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.