Children and Youth
As children get older, the protection from infant immunizations can wear off. Children can also be at risk of new diseases as they enter their pre-teen and teen years.
Free routine vaccinations
Routine school-age immunizations are free.
What immunizations does my child need if we are new to Canada?
Immunizations schedules are often different from country to country. As a New Canadian there may be free vaccines that your child needs. Talk with your doctor or a public health nurse to find out what vaccines your child may be missing.
What vaccines does my child need if they have a chronic health condition?
Different chronic health conditions can put your child at risk for different vaccine preventable diseases. Talk with your doctor or a public health nurse to find out what vaccines your child may need.
How are school-aged children immunized?
Kindergarten, starting at 4 years of age
To provide the best protection possible, we recommend that your child be immunized before they enter kindergarten.
For an immunization appointment contact your family doctor, local pharmacist (for those 5 years of age and older), or Public Health.
To book an immunization appointment with Public Health:
Residents of Fraser East (Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope), call 604-702-4906
Residents in any other area of Fraser Health, call 604-476-7087
Grade 6 and 9
Students in grade 6 and 9 are immunized by public health nurses at school.
It is recommended and encouraged that parents/guardians discuss consent for immunization with their children.
B.C.s’ legislated Infant’s Act states that children under the age of 19, can provide consent for health care if the health care provider determines that the child is capable of making this decision. This is called mature minor consent and includes providing consent for immunizations.
Although there is no set age when a child can give mature minor consent for immunizations, in most circumstances public health nurses in B.C. will get consent from the parents/guardians of children in grade 6. However, public health nurses in B.C. will offer mature minor consent as an option for grade 9 students who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions (side effects) for each vaccine and the risk of not getting immunized.
How can I get my child’s immunization records?
Learn how to get a copy of your child's immunization records.
Keep your child’s immunization record in a safe place. They may need it later for school, to travel to other countries or to take to hospital in case of an emergency.
If your child’s immunization record is lost, contact Public Health for a copy of their records and record it on an immunization card.
Know what's next on your vaccine schedule by:
- Getting text reminders from Immunize BC
- Downloading the CANImmunize App for your iPhone or Android device