Celebrating Immunization: BC Children’s Hospital opening Canada’s first onsite immunization clinic in 2017

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April 22nd - 29th, 2017
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BC Children’s Hospital will open its doors to Canada’s first storefront immunization clinic in the fall of 2017. The Family Immunization Clinic will provide immunizations at no cost to children, youth and their families visiting BC Children’s.

​“This is a fantastic opportunity to protect some of the most vulnerable children in our society who come through the doors of BC Children’s every day,” said Dr. Manish Sadarangani, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, BC Children’s. “Offering immunizations to all family members is a simple and highly effective way to extend the impact of the clinic.”

The new immunization clinic will be situated in BC Children’s busy ambulatory care building. Last year, 86,000 children and youth were treated at BC Children’s – counting their siblings and parents, the clinic has potential to provide thousands of immunizations annually when it opens to the public.

The new immunization clinic has been made possible by a generous donation to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation from Save-On-Foods. In addition to supporting the immunization clinic, funding from the donation will go toward consultation services to physicians across the province, with the goal to improve immunization rates for children, including those with complex medical conditions.

**This post was written in collaboration with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation**