Research has shown that concerns about vaccine safety can delay or prevent individuals from receiving recommended immunizations. Serious adverse events following immunization (AEFI) are very rare. However even expected and common reactions can be a cause for concern for some and may impede their confidence in receiving future immunizations.
Health care providers play a crucial role in communicating facts about vaccine safety to their clients. Like all other medical interventions, vaccines have risks. These risks must be carefully weighed against the risk of disease.
The following resources can assist health care providers in addressing client's concerns regarding vaccine safety:
BC Children's Hospital - Family Immunization Clinic
If you have a client that has experienced an AEFI, referral to the Family Immunization Clinic (FIC) at BC Children's Hospital is available. The FIC provides vaccine consultation services in partnership with health care providers at the local level for issues regarding a particular child's immunization. Consultation services can take place in person or through Telehealth. For more information, please contact:
Family Immunization Clinic (FIC)
BC Children's Hospital - Ambulatory Care Building
4480 Oak Street Vancouver BC, V6H 3N1
Phone: 604-875-3000 Fax: 604-875-2311
Health care providers can refer clients to ImmunizeBC.ca for information on vaccine safety, including the risks and benefits of vaccines, how vaccines are approved for use, how vaccine safety is monitored, and for answers to frequently asked questions about vaccine safety.
Immunization Communication Tool - Vaccine Safety Section
Immunization Communication Tool
Communicating with ParentsVaccines for InfantsEncyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
The ASK Approach
ASK Quick Reference Card
BCCDC's Immunization Communication Course for Health Care Providers