Give your child a healthy education

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reminds parents to make sure their kids' vaccines are up-to-date

Ministry of Health

VICTORIA – As families get ready for school, deputy provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reminds parents to make sure their kids’ vaccines are up-to-date.

“With the rush to get school supplies, lunches and backpacks in order, it’s easy for immunizations to get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, there’s help available to make this a bit easier for parents.

“Parents can get immunization appointment reminders sent right to their mobile, create a personalized vaccination calendar and enter their postal code to find a public health unit that is closest to them. They can do this by visiting: www.immunizebc.ca/. As well, ImmunizeCanada has developed a free app to help parents keep track of immunizations, available here: http://immunize.ca/en/app.aspx.

“By kindergarten or Grade 1, children should have received booster shots that protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, whooping cough and more, and kids in grades 6 and 9 should receive followup vaccinations. These immunizations are all part of B.C.’s free, routine immunization program. As well, starting this year, students in Grade 9 will be further protected against more types of meningitis with a new quadrivalent vaccine booster, which protects against meningococcal infection caused by strains A, Y, and W-135, alongside C.

“Nurses at local public health units can check records for any missing immunizations, administer routine shots and provide vaccination records for parents to provide to schools. Immunization records are extremely helpful to school and public health personal in determining who may need to stay home during an outbreak.

“While vaccine preventable diseases seem like a distant memory, we still see outbreaks in under-immunized communities. Diseases like whooping cough and measles can spread very quickly, have major health implications and can be fatal for babies.

 

“I know this is a busy time of year, but keeping your kids’ shots up-to-date is an important step in getting ready for back-to-school. And it could be life-saving.”

 

 

Just Posted

Buy-Low helps Highway Rescue

Clearwater and District Highway Rescue gets $1,000 the store won in Dairyland contest

VIDEO: Researchers rely on drones to survey aftermath of B.C. wildfires

UBC researchers are using aerial drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in the province

Report gives details on proposal to relocate Grade 7s

According to the report, there has been some interest generated in the communities to relocate

This weekend at the Sportsplex

Here is the schedule for the North Thompson Sportsplex for the weekend of Dec. 15 – 17

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

B.C. concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows

A man was witnessed making a Nazi salute during a heavy metal show at Pub 340

Most Read