All children, starting at age four, should get two vaccines, which protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox, 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.
Where can I get my child immunized?
These free vaccinations can be obtained from family doctors or from public health nurses at VCH community health centres.
VCH offers free clinics for children, starting at age four, who are entering kindergarten in the fall. Check out the map below to find the a clinic near you as well as clinic dates and times.
While most of these infections are now rare in BC because of routine childhood vaccination 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.
Is there a fee for the vaccines?
There is no fee for these vaccines. These vaccines are included in BC’s childhood immunization program.
What happens if my child does not get all the routine vaccines?
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 school activities and days or even weeks of school.
A reminder about immunization records
During kindergarten registration parents will be asked to submit their child’s immunization record to their school. Parents are reminded to always keep a copy of all the vaccines their child has received so that the information can be provided when needed.