Routine immunization schedule for school-age children & teens

Schedule for school-age children and teens

The schedule below lists what vaccines your school-age child should receive and when.

Following the recommended immunization schedule provides your child with the best protection from potentially serious diseases.


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COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Find information on COVID-19 vaccines


(Click on the vaccine name to view the vaccine HealthLinkBC file)

Grade 6 Grade 9
(human papillomavirus)

 2 doses

2nd dose 6 months after 1st dose

Varicella 2

   2 doses if not received at a younger age2

2nd dose at least 3 months after 1st dose

Meningococcal Quadrivalent Conjugate  

 1 dose

(tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) 

 1 dose

1 The HPV vaccine has been offered to boys in grade 6 since September 2017.

2 The chickenpox vaccine is offered to students in grade 6 who did not receive 2 doses when they were younger. It is not necessary for those who had chickenpox or shingles disease, confirmed by a lab test, at 1 year of age or older to get the vaccine.


Other vaccines your child may need

Children with medical conditions 

Children with certain medical conditions may need additional vaccines or additional doses of vaccines. Talk to your healthcare provider about what vaccines your child may need.

Vaccines for extra protection  

In addition to the free routine vaccines, you can buy other vaccines. These vaccines can help protect your child against even more diseases. Find information on vaccines for extra protection

It's not too late to catch up 

If your child missed a vaccine, call your local health unit or doctor's office to make an appointment for your child to get caught up. You don't need to start over if your child misses a vaccine.