Your child's appointment

Many parents feel a bit nervous about their child’s immunization appointments. Here are some things you can do before, during, and after the immunization appointment that can help make immunizations easier and less stressful for both you and your child.

Before the appointment

  • Locate your child’s immunization record so that you can bring it with you to the appointment.  If your child was born in BC, you should have received a Child Health Passport that contains an immunization record.
  • If you didn’t receive one, you can request one from your community health centre.
  • If you have misplaced your child’s immunization record, you can find tips on locating it here.
  • Read about the vaccines your child will be offered beforehand in the vaccine HealthLinkBC Files. B.C.’s routine immunization schedules with links to the HealthLinkBC Files can be found here.
  • Use the tips discussed here for a more positive immunization experience for both you and your child.

During the appointment

  • Your health care provider will give you information on the different vaccines your child will receive, including information on the benefits and risks of the vaccines and how to manage common reactions. Be sure to ask your health care provider any questions you have.
  • Use the tips discussed here for a more positive immunization experience for both you and your child.
  • Make sure that all the vaccines your child receives are recorded in your child’s record.

After the appointment

  • It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after getting any vaccine because there is an extremely rare possibility of a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The chance of this occurring is between one in 100,000 and one in a million. Your health care provider will be prepared to treat it, if it occurs.
  • Before you leave the clinic, make an appointment for your child’s next vaccinations.
  • Some children may experience a minor reaction after getting vaccinated, such as redness or swelling at the injection site, or a low fever. These types of reactions to vaccines are normal and you should not be worried. Learn about how to manage common reactions to vaccines here.
  • In the rare event that your child experiences a serious or unexpected reaction after getting immunized (called an adverse event following immunization), it is important that you report it to your community health centre. Learn more about adverse events here.