Infants & Young Children

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Between birth and 6 years of age, infants and young children are offered free vaccines that protect them against 14 different diseases. 

B.C.'s routine vaccine schedule for infants and young children 

2 months
At 2 months of age, your child should receive the following vaccines:
 
 
4 months
At 4 months of age, your child should receive the following vaccines:
 
 
6 months
At 6 months of age, your child should receive the following vaccines:
 
 
12 months

At 12 months of age, your child should receive the following vaccines:

 
18 months
At 18 months of age, your child should receive the following vaccines:
 
 
Starting at 4 years (kindergarten entry)
Starting at 4 years of age, your child should receive the following vaccines:
 
 
Annual influenza vaccination for children 6 months and older 

It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly influenza (flu) vaccination with rare exception. 

 
You can view, download, and print the routine vaccine schedule for infants and young children here.
 
Some vaccines are given as combination vaccines (vaccines that contain more than one vaccine in a single shot), and some are given individually. Combination vaccines are safe and provide the same protection as vaccines given individually, but with fewer shots.
 
For best protection against disease, your child should get vaccinated on time, starting at 2 months of age, and follow the recommended schedule as closely as possible.  Learn more about why it's important to follow the recommended schedule here
 
Do you have questions about vaccine schedules? We have answers here.

Vaccines for children with chronic health conditions 

Children with chronic health conditions may need additional vaccines or additional doses of a vaccine. If your child has a chronic condition, talk to your doctor or public health nurse about their vaccination schedule.

Other vaccines available for purchase

In addition to routine vaccines, your child may benefit from getting other vaccines that you can purchase. These vaccines can give your child extra protection against certain diseases. Talk to your health care provider to find out if your child has all the protection they need.

Vaccines for travel 

If you’re travelling, your child may need travel vaccines to protect them against diseases that are rare in Canada, but common in other parts of the world. You can find information on travel vaccines here. You can purchase vaccines from travel health clinics, most pharmacies, and some doctors’ offices.

Where can my child get vaccinated?

Your child can get vaccinated at your local health unit. Health units are also called public health units, community health centres, or primary care homes in some areas of B.C. Some family doctors and nurse practitioners also give vaccines. Pharmacists can vaccinate children who are five years of age and older. Services vary across B.C.

It’s best to book your child’s appointment well in advance as clinics book up quickly.  This helps to ensure your child is vaccinated on time.

Keeping track of vaccinations

It's important to keep a record of your child's vaccinations. Learn more here

 
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020