All children, starting at age four, should get two vaccines that will protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. They should get these shots before they begin kindergarten.
An immunization visit is a great way to catch up on other shots that might have been missed as part of a child’s infant vaccination series. While most of these infections are now rare in British Columbia because of routine childhood immunization programs, these infections are serious and can sometimes be fatal. Vaccines are safe: it is much safer to get the vaccine than to get the disease.
Kindergarten immunization brochure.
You can get free vaccinations from your family doctor or the public health nurses at our community health centres. VCH offers free clinics for children, starting at age four, who are entering kindergarten in the fall. The map below shows clinics across the region.
No, the vaccines are free. They are part of BC’s childhood immunization program.
If someone at school has a vaccine-preventable infectious disease, children who are unprotected may be asked to stay home until it is safe to return. They may miss days or even weeks of school and school activities.
During kindergarten registration, parents will be asked for a record of their child’s immunizations. Always keep a record of the vaccines your child has received so the information can be given when needed.
You can check the immunization rates for kindergarten students at all schools in VCH's region on our Immunization coverage page.