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Where can I go for more information about vaccines and immunizations?

Immunize BC is a one-stop-shop for immunization information, including disease facts, answers to common questions, the BC childhood schedule, vaccine information, stories and videos.  See other websites for additional useful information.

Why are vaccines important?

Many diseases can be devastating. Polio, for example, paralyzed millions of children worldwide before the vaccine was created. Diseases such as polio, hepatitis, whooping cough and measles can still infect children that are not protected. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) can protect your boy or girl from cervical cancer, genital warts and male genital cancers.

Click here to see and hear:

  • how these diseases can affect your child, and
  • how information about the vaccines that can prevent your child from getting the diseases.

What do I need to know about vaccines?

  1. When to vaccinate your child: download, print and use the BC Provincial Immunization Schedule as a guideline for your child’s immunizations. You may also find the BC Pediatric Society Immunization Schedule useful.
  2. That vaccinations are safe. Claims have been made over the years regarding the safety of some routine childhood vaccines suggesting that they are the cause of disorders such as autism. Top researchers from around the world have investigated each of these claims and concluded that vaccines do not cause autism or any other chronic disorders. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides valuable information about Vaccine Safety.
  3. In addition to routine immunizations, there are other vaccines available for a charge, depending on age and health status. Ask your doctor if extra protection is important for your family.
  4. Vaccinations are recommended by family physicians and pediatricians.

In the News: If Only There Were a Shot Against Irrational Fears - Marget Wente column in the Globe and Mail

For parents, making a decision about vaccinating your child can be tough, given the cacophony of opinions out there. So what do you need to know?

Myths about vaccine safety are both powerful and prevalent. In parts of Canada vaccination rates have dropped, and in some communities more than 40 per cent of seven-year-olds do not have all their shots

To watch this episode of Marketplace, please click here

Current Immunization Advocacy Initiatives

"I Boost Immunity" is an initiative sponsored by the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC). The program is based on the idea that giving people a place to celebrate their choice to vaccinate themselves or their kids is long overdue,” says Michael Barnes, BC PHAC executive director. “I Boost Immunity does that by crowdsourcing everyday British Columbians to provide a real life perspective of how important vaccines are in protecting us, not just as individuals, but as a community as a whole.”

Anyone can easily sign up to become an immunization booster by visiting Boosters can share articles and stories through Facebook, Twitter and email. The platform includes a ‘Tell us your story’ application, which encourages people to share why they support immunization and ‘Booster U’, a short training course designed to help prepare new boosters to become confident and successful immunization champions.