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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 tetanus, diptheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, and pertussis (whooping cough) or have a valid exemption. Students born in 2010 or later are required to show proof of immunization against Chicken Pox disease. For more information see our Immunizations for Children page and see the tab "Immunization Requirements for Attending School".

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 are immunized against Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Beginning in September 2016, all boys and girls in Grade 7, and Grade 8 females will now be able to receive the vaccine for free. Hepatitis B and HPV are voluntary vaccination programs. Meningococcal vaccine is required for all students to attend school in the province of Ontario.

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

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 the Hepatitis B Vaccine Fact Sheet (PDF 2 pages) and Consent Form (PDF 2 page) to all grade seven students. Parents/guardians should review the information and discuss it with your child. After making an informed decision, sign the consent form and return it to your child's school.

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. RCDHU nurses will be visiting your child's school to offer immunization clinics. Click here to view the immunization dates for your child's school 2016-2017 School Immunization Dates.

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. This vaccine is highly recommended and is required for students to attend school in Ontario.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit sends the Meningococcal Fact Sheet (PDF 2 pages) and Consent Form (PDF 2 page) 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.

RCDHU nurses will be visiting your child's school to offer immunization clinics. Click here to view the immunization dates for your child's school 2016-2017 School Immunization Dates.

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.

Free Meningococcal vaccination 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.

HPV Immunization

HPV (human papillomavirus) 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. Beginning in September 2016, all boys and girls in grade 7 will now be able to receive the HPV vaccine for free, as well as all female students in grade eight.

Each fall Renfrew County and District Health Unit sends the Information for Parents sheet and HPV Vaccine Consent Form for grade eight girls and grade 7 Consent Form (PDF 2 page) for both male and female students. Parents/guardians should review this information and discuss it with your child. After making an informed decision, sign and return it to your child's school.

HPV vaccine is given in a two or three dose immunization series. Students who receive their first dose of HPV vaccine before the age of 14 years will receive two doses of HPV vaccine (6 months apart). Students who are 14 years of age or older at the time of their first dose of HPV will require a total of three doses as recommended by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

RCDHU nurses will be visiting your child's school to offer immunization clinics. Click here to view the immunization dates for your child's school 2016-2017 School Immunization Dates.

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.

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.

Web Sites

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