Vaccines are among the safest and most cost effective tools available to protect our communities and our families from devastating illness. Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s natural response to “bad” germs with significantly less risk. It is very important to have your child immunized according to the recommended schedule.
The benefits of immunizing your baby/child against disease far outweighs any remote risk posed from a vaccine. It is essential that you keep your baby's shots up to date to protect them and those around them against disease. Get all shots on time!
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunization saves three million lives each year worldwide, but almost three million more lives worldwide are lost from diseases that are preventable with existing vaccines.
Some specific vaccine preventable diseases include:
Non-Publicly Funded Vaccines
You are already protecting yourself and your family by getting regular immunizations that guard against many diseases. In addition to the free routine vaccination program in BC, there are other immunizations available for a charge that may benefit you or your family depending on age, health status, and other risk factors. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or public health nurse for more information or visit ImmunizeBC to learn more about recommended child and adult immunizations.
When to Vaccinate: Schedules
Why Vaccinate? The Benefits of Vaccination
Childhood Immunizations: HealthLink BC Files Information
School Aged Immunizations - Visit our Immunizations in Schools page.
Adult Immunizations - For travel health and immunizations, visit our Travel Health page for more information.
Are you and your family up to date? All children and adults should be vaccinated. For more information, contact your local health unit or your family physician.