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Immunize your child

As a part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) have paused our school-aged clinics and immunizations for children over two (2) years old, starting March 23, 2020. Please rest assured that for fully immunized children over the age of two, it is safe to delay vaccination for a few months while we work hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We thank you for your patience as we come together as a health system and community to respond to COVID-19.

Immunizations are your child's best protection now and in the future. Childhood vaccines work quickly to protect against very infectious diseases. When you immunize your child, you're protecting them against meningitis, pneumonia, paralysis, deafness, seizures, brain damage, cancer or even death.

Get immunizations on time

Children are at greatest risk for many diseases during the first two years of life. To protect your child as soon as possible, routine immunizations start at 2 months of age. The vaccines are given free by a public health nurse or a doctor. Find out where to get immunized.

Keep a record

Your child's immunization record is important and kept for life. Keep an up-to-date copy of your child's records in a safe place. Take it with you each time your child is immunized. You will need the record if you register your child for daycare, school, summer camps, college or university, and for some travel. If an infectious disease happens at their school or daycare, children who are missing immunizations may be asked to stay home. Learn more about Keeping immunization records on

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Kindergarten immunizations

Starting at age four, all children should get two vaccines that will protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox. They should get these shots before they begin kindergarten.

Kindergarten immunization brochure

New to British Columbia?

A child without an immunization record, or proof of having had a disease, is considered unimmunized and unprotected. If you are moved here from another country or province, try to get your child's record sent to you.

Bring your child's immunization record to a community health centre to check:

  • What immunizations your child has received.

  • What routine childhood immunizations available, which may be different than your home country or province. Any missing will be provided free.

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