I am an international student, can I get vaccines if I don’t have my immunization records? Can I get the annual influenza vaccine (flu shot) and the HPV vaccine for free?

Question: 

I am an international student, can I get vaccines if I don’t have my immunization records? Can I get the annual influenza vaccine (flu shot) and the HPV vaccine for free?

Answer: 

International students (post secondary) who are here for a period of 6 months or more qualify for the publicly funded (free) vaccines in the immunization schedule. Find the BC immunization schedules for all ages here. If you don’t have your immunization records, your health care provider will decide which vaccines to offer based on your age, health, the BC immunization schedule and other factors. Review our tips for locating immunization records here

A BC Services card number (also called a card card or proof of MSP enrollment) is not required to make an immunization appointment at a local health unit. Contact your local health unit to book an immunization appointment here. Immunization appointments at a pharmacy or doctor’s office do require a BC Services card number to offer publicly funded vaccines. Depending on your age, health and other risk factors, you may be eligible for the annual influenza vaccine (flu shot) or HPV vaccine series. Read more about who qualifies for the free flu shot here. Read about who qualifies for a free HPV vaccine series here

 

If you don’t qualify for the publicly funded (free) vaccines, you may be able to purchase them at travel clinics, pharmacies and some doctors’ offices. 

Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021