Get Immunized

Get Immunized

Immunizations protect us from serious and potentially fatal infections and diseases like polio, diphtheria, measles and rubella. Immunizations also make it harder for disease to spread, helping build a circle of protection around an entire community.

Where to get immunized?

You can get free routine immunizations at many Vancouver Coastal Health clinics and community health centres. Your family doctor can also provide immunizations. Travel and additional vaccines for purchase are available through travel clinics and most pharmacies.

Immunization Bug Beat

The latest news and resources to stay safe from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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School Immunization Reporting Form

Please complete and return this form when registering your child for school.

11 Apr, 2019

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Child Care Facility Immunization Report Form

Please complete and return this form when registering your child for a child care facility.

11 Apr, 2019

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Immunization Website Links (Public)

Key websites and links to get protection from vaccine-preventable diseases.

10 Oct, 2018

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Immunization Schedules

Download our simplified schedules or visit HealthLinkBC and ImmunizeBC for all ages and details.

01 Oct, 2018

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Immunization Record Cards

Keep track of your or your child's immunizations. It's an important record to keep for life.

01 Oct, 2018

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Adult Vaccines You Should Know About

Adult Vaccines You Should Know About

The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) recommends many vaccines for adults, some of which are given free in BC.

01 Jul, 2018

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Caring for your child after immunization

Brochure in multiple languages to learn about common side effects, when to seek help, and more.

01 Jun, 2018

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Vaccines Parents Should Know About

Vaccines Parents Should Know About

All BC children are offered free vaccine protection against many harmful vaccine-preventable diseases.

01 May, 2018

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Is Your Child Starting Kindergarten? Brochure

Is Your Child Starting Kindergarten? Brochure

Starting at age 4, all children should get vaccines to protect against deadly disease

01 Oct, 2016

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Immunization: A Guide For New Parents

Immunization: A Guide For New Parents

This brochure gives answers to all your immunization questions, and why its an importance choice for your child.

01 Oct, 2015

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Vaccine Safety and the IMPACT Surveillance System

Registered nurse Karen Kroeker with the IMPACT Surveillance System at BC's Children's Hospital in Vancouver

31 May, 2012

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Just Moved Here? Are your child's immunizations up to date?

Just Moved Here? Are your child's immunizations up to date?

This brochure is available in multiple languages.

01 Mar, 2009

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Immunization: An important choice you make for your child

Immunization: An important choice you make for your child

What you need to know about childhood immunizations.

31 Dec, 2008

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How immunization keeps us safe

Vaccines work by stimulating our immune system to produce antibodies that fight infection. The antibodies produced are the same as those that occur when we get a natural infection, but without us having to experience the illness. This helps prevent us from becoming ill if we are exposed to diseases in the future.

Learn about vaccine-preventable diseases

Building immunity takes time

Most vaccines need more than one dose over time to produce full protection. That’s why it’s important to follow immunization schedules. It gives the best protection with the fewest doses of each vaccine.

ImmunizeBC has easy-to-read vaccine schedules for all ages, as well as immunization record cards.

There is also a free mobile app that can help you keep track of immunizations: CANImmunize.ca

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FAQs about immunization

Vaccines are safe and do not cause autism. This myth has lasted even though research clearly shows it’s not true. Hundreds of thousands of immunized children have been studied over many years and no link to autism has been found. A study that suggested a possible link was proven to be false.

Vaccines keep us safe by stimulating our immune system to produce antibodies that fight infection. The antibodies produced are the same as those that occur when we get a natural infection, but without us having to experience the illness. This helps prevent us from becoming ill if we are exposed to diseases in the future.

For some vaccines, booster shots are needed because some antibodies reduce in numbers over time. The booster shot reminds your immune system to make more antibodies.

No. Your child’s immune system is amazing. In theory, a baby’s immune system can handle hundreds of vaccines at once. Disease weakens the immune system, not vaccines.

Yes, having a cold is not a reason to delay shots. Your child’s immune system works so well that they can get all their shots even if they are teething, have a fever, diarrhea, ear infection or are taking antibiotics.

More Information

ImmunizeBC

Evidence-based immunization information and tools for B.C. residents.

HealthLinkBC Files

Get easy-to-understand fact sheets, translation support, and more.

Vaccines Are Safe

Vaccines are carefully tested and monitored. They have an excellent safety record.
It’s much safer to get a vaccine than to get sick.