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It's important to revisit your child's vaccinations as they get older

As children get older, the protection from childhood vaccines can wear off. Children are also at risk of new disease as they enter their pre-teen years. That’s why they need vaccinations too.

What vaccines do children and youth need?

Learn more about the routine B.C. immunization schedule and vaccine information for school-age children.

How are kindergarten children immunized?

Kindergarten boosters are provided to children starting at 4 years of age. These immunizations are provided by public health nurses. Some areas offer immunizations before children enter kindergarten and others offer them in the kindergarten school year. Please check with your local public health centre to arrange for an appointment. 

Your child should come to the appointment with a parent or legal guardian. If this is not possible, please talk to the local public health nurse before your appointment to discuss the consent process.

How are school-aged children immunized?

Students in grades 6 and 9 are immunized at school. Parent letters, consent forms and vaccine information are sent home beforehand.

Immunizations are given at school to those students who have returned a completed and signed consent form. Your child will get a record after their immunizations. Keep your child’s immunization record in a safe place. They may need it later for school or travel to other countries.

Mature minor consent

Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to review the immunization information, discuss it, and together make a decision about immunization. However, parents should be aware that a student can make an informed decision regarding immunization regardless of parental consent or refusal. This is referred to as “mature minor consent.” Students will be informed about immunization and given the opportunity to consent to or refuse immunization on their own behalf. Please read The Infants Act, Mature Minor Consent and Immunization ​HealthLinkBC file for more information.

Mature minor consent

B.C.’s Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation (VSRR)​ came into effect on July 1, 2019. It supports the collection of immunization records of school-age children by Public Health so that all records are stored in one place, the provincial immunization registry. The regulation applies to public, independent, and home-schooled students in kindergarten through grade 12, including students who live in First Nations communities and attend school off-reserve. At this time, the regulation does not apply to students who attend schools in First Nations communities or children who attend daycares or Strong Start Centres.

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