Starting at age four, all children 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.
Where to get your child vaccinated
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: getting the vaccine is much safer than getting the disease.
You can get free vaccinations from your family doctor or at a community health centre. VCH offers free clinics for children, starting at age four, entering kindergarten in the fall.
Is there a cost?
No, the vaccines are free. They are part of BC’s childhood immunization program.
What happens if my child does not get all 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 days or even weeks of school and school activities.
Parents will be asked for a record of their child’s immunizations during kindergarten registration. Always keep a record of the vaccines your child has received so the information can be given when needed.
Immunization rates by school
Immunization coverage refers to the proportion of a population that is appropriately immunized for a specific vaccine-preventable disease (VPD). Check the immunization rates for kindergarten students at all schools in VCH's region.