What vaccines do school-age children need and when?

In B.C., school-age children and teens are offered vaccines in Grade 6 and Grade 9.

Grade 6 vaccines

The following vaccines are routinely offered to Grade 6 students:

Learn more about Grade 6 immunizations in B.C.

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Grade 9 vaccines

The following vaccines are routinely offered to all students in Grade 9:

Learn more about Grade 9 immunizations in B.C.

Children with chronic health conditions may need additional vaccines, or additional doses of vaccine. Talk to your health care provider about what additional vaccines your child may need.

Children should receive all of the routine vaccines on the recommended schedule, with rare exception. These vaccines protect children against diseases that can cause serious illness, long-term disability, or death. There is no benefit to delaying or skipping vaccines for your child, only risk.

BC Routine Immunization Schedule - SCHOOL AGE

Where do school-age children and teens get vaccines?

School-age children and teens are offered routine vaccines at clinics held in their school. These vaccines are provided for free by public health nurses.

Those who miss getting vaccinated in school, who don’t feel comfortable getting vaccinated at school, or who are homeschooled can contact their community health centre, doctor’s office or pharmacy to make an appointment to get vaccinated for free.

If you choose not to vaccinate your child:  What you need to know.

Additional vaccines available for purchase

Children may also benefit from additional vaccines that are available for purchase, such as vaccines that protect against hepatitis A and various travel-related diseases. View these resources from the BC Pediatric Society to learn more about non-publicly funded vaccines.

If your child is travelling they may require vaccines to protect against diseases that are rare in Canada but common in other parts of the world. Find information on travel vaccines here

Talk to your health care provider to find out if your child has all the protection they need.

Why aren't all vaccines free in B.C.? Find out here.

Keeping track of your child's immunizations

Your child will be given a paper record of the vaccines they receive in school. Always keep a current immunization record for your child in a safe place. You may need your child’s record if you register your child for summer camp, college or university and for some travel.

If your child does not have an immunization record card, you can download and print one here. There is also a free mobile app to help people keep track of immunizations. Learn more at CANImmunize.ca.

If you have misplaced your child’s immunization record, you can find tips on locating it here.