Immunizations

Immunizations

Vaccines save lives and make it possible to live free of the illness and disability associated with many preventable diseases. 

The resources below will help you understand vaccine preventable diseases, where to get immunized and when.

For more information, please visit ImmunizeBC or contact your local public health unit

Immunization

It is safe for children to be immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health units are following all provincial recommendations for physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, and screening for symptoms.

Please call your local public health unit for more information and to book an appointment. 

The timing of your immunizations can have a huge impact on how protected you are.  ImmunizeBC has identified the key times for vaccinations and boosters against various diseases:

Infants and children (ages 0-6 years)
School age (grades 6 and 9) 
Adults (18 years and older) NOT immunized in childhood 

For children receiving vaccines, parents are asked to provide the child's name, date of birth and care card number to the immunizing nurse who will verify these details and obtain consent before proceeding.

Additional resources:


Travel Health and Immunizations

Are you traveling abroad for work, to visit family or for a vacation? To improve your chances of staying healthy, visit a travel clinic.

Check for travel health notices and advisories before your trip. 

Search the travel clinic listings by city to find a clinic close to you.

For more information about travel vaccines contact your physician or pharmacist.

Remember!

Travel immunization and passports are important personal records.

Make a photocopy of all records to leave at home with someone you can call should you lose your copy while travelling.


Influenza (Flu) Immunizations

Information and updates about flu and immunization


Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Vaccines can help protect you from a range of dangerous diseases:

News & Events

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