Immunization has saved more lives in Canada in the last 50 years than any other health measure.

Immunizations, also known as vaccinations, are important for people of all ages. They help your immune system recognize and quickly kill bacteria and viruses that can cause serious illness or death. By getting immunized, you not only protect yourself and your family, but others as well. Many vaccines are provided free as part of your child's routine immunizations. To learn more about routine immunizations, travel immunizations, and more, click on the links below.

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Routine Immunizations

Childhood immunizations begin at 2 months of age and continue until your child is 4 to 6 years old. Immunizations are also provided to children in grades 6 and 9 as part of the school-based immunization program. Additional immunizations are recommended for adults, seniors, and those deemed high risk.

The vaccines listed below are provided free to residents of British Columbia (please note that certain restrictions apply for some vaccines). For more information about each vaccine, including at what age each vaccine is given and who is eligible to receive the vaccine for free, click on the links below or visit the B.C. Immunization Schedules.

Immunizing Your Child

To keep your child safe, it is important that they get all their vaccines on time. By getting vaccines on time, your child can be protected from many diseases over their lifetime. Click on the links below to learn how to give your child a better immunization experience, the benefits of vaccinating your child, and more.

Influenza (Flu) Immunization

The influenza vaccine is a safe and effective way to help you and your family stay healthy and prevent illness. It can even save lives. To learn more about the flu vaccines, including myths and facts, click on the links below.

For more information about flu season, visit Influenza (Flu) Season.

Travel Immunizations

If you travel abroad, you may encounter diseases that are not common in Canada. Depending on what region of the world you are travelling to, you may need one of the vaccines listed below. For more information about travel vaccines, click on the links below or speak to your health care provider.

For a list of travel vaccines that you should consider when travelling to a particular country, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada, click on the country name, and then the Health tab to access recommendations.

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ImmunizeBC works to improve the health of British Columbians and reduce the number of infections by vaccine-preventable diseases by providing information on immunizations to individuals, families, and health care providers. They also provide tools to make it easier for B.C. families to get immunized. For more information click on the links below.

Immunize Canada

Immunize Canada aims to control, eliminate, and eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases in Canada by increasing awareness of the benefits and risks of immunization. Their App can help you store your vaccine information, manage immunization appointments, receive alerts about outbreaks, and more.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is responsible for promoting health, preventing and controlling chronic and infectious diseases, and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. For answers to common questions about immunizing your children, click on the link below.

Last Reviewed: March 2017

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