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  • Supporting and Connecting Youth (SACY) Substance Use Prevention Initiative

  • Youth Clinics

  • G.F. Strong School Program

  • Hearing Screening

  • Paediatric Teams

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Public health information

A Public Health Nurse from your local health unit is assigned to each school. The Public Health Nurse provides educational health and safety resources, immunizations and communicable disease control.

Find your local public health unit
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Routine vaccinations

The school immunization program protects as many children as possible against vaccine-preventable diseases. We immunize at the earliest appropriate age and give booster vaccines as needed.

Learn more at immunizebc.ca

Where to get immunizations

If your child is not yet fully immunized, immunizations are available at your local public health unit, some family doctors or select local pharmacies. Learn more about public health Immunization Clinics.

Immunization records

Providing immunization records to public health helps us respond quickly to outbreaks in schools and helps everyone get back to learning as soon as possible. Since 2019, the collection of immunization information for school age students is also required by law. Please provide your child’s immunization record when registering at your school or use the online school immunization reporting form.

Childhood diseases

What to do when your child is sick

Students who are exhibiting symptoms of illness, including respiratory and gastrointestinal illness, should stay home until they are well enough to participate in regular activities. Those who are vomiting or have diarrhea should be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. For up-to-date information on childhood infections, visit sneezesdiseases.com.

Common childhood diseases

The quick guide to common childhood diseases from the BCCDC provides schools, caregivers and parents information about communicable diseases commonly experienced by young children.

Read the quick guide to common childhood diseases

Management of medical conditions in schools

    • School Health Medical Management online course

      School personnel are encouraged to complete the VCH School Health Medical Management online course on an annual basis

School health promotion action guides

Find ideas to promote health for students within your school in the health promotion action guides. Each guide includes tips, resources and more information on how VCH can support.

Body Image & Disordered Eating

Resources for school staff and community members to support children and youth who have concerns around body image and disordered eating:

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Active travel to school

Supporting healthy eating at school

Relationship with food and body

Teaching about food and nutrition

School food programs

School food environments

Indoor air quality in schools

When should I keep my sick child home from school?

Vancouver Coastal Health offering COVID-19 vaccinations to post-secondary students

Sexual health youth clinics for North Shore schools