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 - Special Immunization Clinic
If you have a client that has experienced an AEFI, referral to the Special Immunization Clinic (SIC) at BC Children's Hospital may be warranted. The SIC provides vaccine consultation services in partnership with health care providers at the local level for issues regarding a particular child's immunization. Referral to the clinic should come from the local Medical Health Officer, Pediatrician or Family Physician. Consulation services can take place in person or through Telehealth. For more information, please contact:
Special Immunization Clinic (SIC)
BC Children's Hospital - Ambulatory Care Building
4480 Oak Street Vancouver BC, V6H 3N1
Phone: 604-875-2302 Fax: 604-875-2412
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