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It is important to get your child vaccinated

Getting your child vaccinated, and vaccinated on time, is one of the most important things that you can do to make sure that they are protected from diseases like whooping cough, meningitis, and chickenpox.

When should I get my child vaccinated?

You want your baby to have the best protection possible. That’s why it is important to immunize on time according to the recommended B.C. immunization schedule and vaccine information. Your baby will be offered vaccines at two, four, six, 12, and 18 months of age.

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Simply put, immunizations save lives and prevent illness. Learn more about why we recommend you vaccinate your children.

How do I get my child immunized?

Routine childhood immunizations are free and easy to get; just call your local Public Health Centre to make an appointment. Someone other than you may take your child for his or her vaccinations, but be sure to call your Public Health Centre first and they will give you information on what to do.

After your appointment, remember to make the next one even if it is months away.

Keep track

All children born in B.C. receive a Child Health Passport booklet where all immunizations are recorded. It’s important to bring this booklet to each immunization visit so that it can be kept up to date. Keep this record in a safe place as you may need it later to sign up for daycare or school, for travel to other countries, or to take to the hospital in case of an emergency.

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