In the photo: Nurse Torri gives a boy his kindergarten immunizations at Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre.
Parents and caregivers: with a busy summer of vacations, summer camps and beach trips coming up, now is the time to have your little ones immunized before they enter kindergarten in September. Immunizations are free and can be administered at Public Health clinics or family doctors.
Starting at age four all children should get two shots, in total, to protect against:
- chicken pox (varicella)
- whooping cough (pertussis)
As we are seeing with mumps right now in Vancouver and Whistler, and 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. Immunization not only protects their children’s health, but those in the community as well.
To check the immunization rates for all schools, for kindergarten, grade six and grade nine students, visit the immunization coverage page