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Immunizations in Schools

Immunization is a simple, effective way to protect your child against infectious diseases.

Routine immunization begins at two months of age and continues throughout life according to the routine immunization schedule for Ontario. It's never too late to begin or complete your immunization series.

Keep your child's personal immunization record up to date

After your child receives any immunization, make sure his or her personal immunization record (sometimes called the Yellow Card) is updated. Keep it in a safe place. This record may be needed when:

Immunization requirements for attending school

Students attending school in Ontario are required to be immunized against certain diseases or to have a valid exemption.

Immunizations available in grades 7 and 8

Renfrew County and District Health Unit provides immunizations in schools for grade 7 and 8 students in Renfrew County and District.

Grade 7 students can get the hepatitis B and meningococcal vaccines and grade 8 female students can get the human papilloma virus vaccine.

These vaccines are voluntary, free of charge and provide protection against very serious diseases.

  • Hepatitis B Immunization Grade 7
  • Meningococcal Immunization Grade 7
  • HPV Immunization for Females

Hepatitis B Immunization for Grade 7 Students

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease that can be prevented. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides free immunization against Hepatitis B for all grade seven students.

Each fall, Renfrew County and District Health Unit sends Hepatitis B Vaccine Fact Sheets and Hepatitis B Vaccine Consent Forms to all grade seven students. Parents/guardians should review the information and discuss it with your child. After making an informed decision, send the consent form back to school with your child.

Hepatitis B is given in two doses. Public health nurses visit schools in the fall and again four to six month later to give the second dose. If your child is not at school on the day of the immunization clinic, please call the Health Info Line: 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 666 to book an appointment at one of our community immunization clinics.

Meningococcal Immunization for Grade 7 Students

Meningococcal disease is a serious and sometimes fatal infection of the blood, brain or spinal cord.

The meningococcal vaccine protects against four strains of invasive meningococcal disease. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides this vaccine free to all grade seven students. The vaccine is not mandatory to attend school but it is strongly recommended.

Free immunization is also available to people age 15 to 19 who missed getting the vaccine in grade seven. These students may call Renfrew County and District Health Unit and make an appointment to attend a community immunization clinic.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit sends Meningococcal Fact Sheets and Meningococcal Vaccine Consent Forms home with grade seven students. Parents/guardians should review the information and discuss it with your child. After making an informed decision, send the consent form back to school with your child.

Meningococcal vaccine is normally give at the same time as the second dose of hepatitis B vaccine (usually in the spring). If your child is not at school on the day of the immunization clinic, please call the Health Info Line: 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 666 to book an appointment at one of our community immunization clinics.

HPV immunization for Females in Grade 8 or Born from 1993 to 1998

HPV (human papilloma virus) is a common virus that can cause cancer of the cervix and genital warts. The HPV vaccine can prevent the type of HPV infection that causes the majority of cervical cancers and genital warts. This vaccine is provided free to grade eight girls through schools.

Each fall Renfrew County and District Health Unit sends HPV Vaccine Fact Sheets and HPV Vaccine Consent Forms to all grade eight girls attending school. Parents/guardians should review this information and discuss it with your child. After making an informed decision, send the consent form back to school with your child.

HPV vaccine is given in three doses. Public Health Nurses visit schools in the fall, one to two months later for the second dose and then four to six months later for the third dose. If your child is not at school the day of the clinic, please call the Health Info Line: 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 666 to book an appointment at one of our community immunization clinics.

Effective September 2012, female students who have not completed their HPV immunization series or did not receive the HPV vaccine in grade 8 may receive publicly funded HPV vaccine until the end of grade 12. In addition, a one-time catach-up program will be offered from September 2012 to June 2013 for females who were in Grade 8 in 2007/2008. It is important to review the HPV Vaccine Fact Sheet. After making an informed decision, complete the HPV Vaccine Consent Form for Females Born from 1993 to 1998.

Web Sites

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Ontario's Grade 8 HPV Vaccination Program