Non-publicly Funded Vaccines for Children

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You’re already protecting your family by getting regular immunizations that guard against 15 diseases. In addition to these free routine immunizations, there are other vaccines available for a charge, depending on age and health status. Use the table below to find out if your family has all the immunity they need.

Download the Extra Protection Checklist below in one of four languages and speak to your doctor or health care provider for more information.

 

Vaccine-Preventable Disease

VACCINE COVERAGE

Hepatitis A - An inflammation of the liver that can be serious and life-threatening

The vaccine is provided free to people at high risk of infection, and recommended for many adults. Children typically don’t receive the vaccine unless there’s been exposure. Find out more.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
Can cause cervical cancer, genital warts, and male genital cancers

The vaccine is free to girls born in 1994 or later and part of routine immunizations in grade 6. Currently, it is not funded for males. Find out more.

Flu (Influenza)
Much more severe than a common cold or upset stomach

The vaccine is inexpensive and many people can get it FREE. Check out the complete eligibility list. Don’t let the flu get to you!

Meningitis (or Meningococcal Disease)
Severe bacterial infection of the brain lining

One strain (Men C) of the virus is covered for children as part of their routine immunizations but additional strains can be protected against too. Some adults also qualify for the free vaccine but for most people, there will be a charge. Find out more.

Travel risks
Diseases vary by location

Your family may need to get certain vaccines depending on where you are travelling to. Get more resources.

There are more vaccines recommended and available for adults, but might not be covered by public health programs. Did you know adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years? Find out which adult immunizations you should receive to help keep your family safe and healthy.

Why aren’t all vaccines free?

Decisions to fund vaccine programs are made by the Ministry of Health based on recommendations from local immunization and public health experts, led by the Provincial Health Officer. They look at local epidemiology, the best available scientific evidence, and the recommendations of national and international expert groups, which are then prioritized with other public health initiatives.

More information and resources about immunization can be found on the BC Pediatrics Society website.