If these vaccines are mandatory...why are they subject to...

Question: 

If these vaccines are mandatory...why are they subject to change? How can you claim they are safe, IF they are consistently monitored for safety & subject to change? Realistically these vaccines change every 10-15 years and you don't know the affect it will have in adult years.

Answer: 

There is no mandatory childhood vaccine program in BC or any jurisdiction in Canada.

  • In BC, there is not a requirement to provide immunization records or documentation of valid exemptions to immunization to public health. Public health staff obtains immunization records of children through a voluntary process.  These records are entered into the immunization registry, and available for rapid retrieval when needed; the information is also used to remind children/ parents about needed vaccines.
  • In a voluntary process (current model in BC), when a large proportion of children have undocumented immunizations, this can lead to major disruption in a school when there is an outbreak. Standard public health control measures for measles, for example, require exclusion of non-immune children from school. Undocumented children are considered non-immune until proven otherwise.
  • In other parts of Canada, several provinces require immunization records or documentation of valid exemptions to immunization for attendance at school and/or childcare. Valid exemptions include medical reasons why a child cannot be vaccinated or parental objections, which can be due to religious or other reasons.
  • Mandatory documentation of children’s immunization status results in more complete records. The benefits of having records of immunization of children in public health immunization registries are many. These include the ability to recall children for scheduled vaccines, to monitor trends in vaccine uptake over time and identify vulnerable populations, and the ability to act quickly in the event of an outbreak.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019