Immunization is the only way to protect against certain diseases
Immunization (vaccination, shots) is a healthy choice that saves lives. Immunization has saved the lives of more babies and children than any other medical intervention in the last 50 years. When you immunize your child you’re protecting them against illness and serious harms such as meningitis, pneumonia, paralysis, deafness, seizures, brain damage, cancer or even death.
BC’s childhood immunization program is one of the best in the world. Free vaccines are provided to protect your child against 15 diseases:
- Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
- Hepatitis B
- HPV (Human papillomavirus)
- Influenza (Flu)
- Meningococcal disease
- Pertussis (Whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
Your child should be getting their first round of vaccines when they are two months old. Have a look at the vaccination schedule that your child should follow, and then check the VCH website for vaccination clinics in your area.
Breastfeeding during vaccination is encouraged to minimize pain. Watch the video below for more information.
Side effects from immunizations are almost always mild and include soreness and fever. In very rare cases, there can be serious side effects. However, the dangers posed by diseases such as measles and polio are a far greater risk. Talk to your doctor or public health nurse if you have concerns. Read more about common side effects and how to treat them. For more information on caring for your child after immunization in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Your health care provider or Public Health Nurse will give you a Child Health Passport to track your child’s immunizations. The passport is also available online.