Text messages help parents stay on track for immunizations

Electronic reminder will help in keeping important appointments

  • Nov. 27, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Vancouver – ImmunizeBC’s new automated text message immunization reminder will help parents stay up to date on their baby’s vaccinations.

New parents who sign up for the service will get automated text message reminders to make appointments with their health care provider for their child’s 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 month immunizations.

People of any age can also sign up to get reminders for other scheduled immunization appointments. The reminders are especially helpful for any vaccination that requires multiple doses, such as the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) program for young women born in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

Signing up to receive ImmunizeBC text message reminders is easy:

Text “sign up” to 604 757-2705 or

Visit www.immunizebc.ca and look for the Get Text Message Reminders link.

To stop receiving the messages at any time simply type in “stop” to 604 757-2705. To start again, type “start.”

Text messaging is one of several new features from ImmunizeBC to encourage immunization. The ImmunizeBC website now offers a personalized vaccination calendar, public health unit finder, an interactive frequently asked questions (FAQ) application, and a live chat session with a nurse during regular business hours.

You can also share your story about the value of immunization at www.ihaveimmunity.com. It’s a province-wide initiative to raise awareness of the value of immunization through stories, resources and information.