Immunizations, also called vaccinations, needles or shots, are a safe and effective way to prevent many serious diseases.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit offers immunization services to people of all ages living in Renfrew County and District.
Why should you get vaccinated?
When you get vaccines, you protect yourself and everyone else around you. This includes our most vulnerable people, like very young children and people who are sick or aging. Regardless of how healthy you are, you could get very sick or even die without vaccines to protect you. The protection offered by some vaccines only last for a certain amount of time, so it is important to receive booster doses in adulthood to keep yourself and those around you safe.
As an adult you should receive the following free vaccines:
- tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (once in adulthood)
- tetanus, diphtheria (every 10 years)
- flu shot (every fall)
- pneumococcal (publicly funded for people aged 65 and over)
- shingles (publicly funded for people 65 to 70 years of age)
For more information on publicly funded vaccinations visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/vaccines.
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 Ontario’s routine immunization schedule
All of the routine vaccines are free and are available at Renfrew County and District Health Unit’s immunization clinics, or from your family physician.
Bring your child’s immunization record (yellow card) when getting an immunization. Your health care provider will update the card. It is the parent’s responsibility to report immunizations to the Health Unit. Call 613-735-8653 or 1-800-267-1097.
Keep the yellow card in a safe place. This record may be needed when:
- entering day care or school
- attending camp
- visiting an emergency department or clinic
Vaccine Fact Sheets
Providing Immunization information for attending licensed child care
Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in child care settings. In accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act, all children attending a licensed child care centre must show proof of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and meningococcal disease. Children who are not immunized must provide a valid exemption.
If you are registering your child for a licensed daycare, please complete the Immunization Program Questionnaire. Submit the questionnaire and a copy of your child’s immunization record to either your local Renfrew County and District Health Unit office or your licensed child care provider.
To be exempt from the required immunizations, one of the following must be provided to Renfrew County and District Health Unit:
- a statement of conscience or religious belief completed by a parent or guardian
- a statement of medical exemption completed by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner
If you have questions regarding the Immunization Program Questionnaire, or exemption form, please call Renfrew County and District Health Unit at 613-735-8653 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 547.
As a parent, keeping your children safe and healthy is your number one priority. All children attending school between the ages of 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to Ontario’s immunization schedule. Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in schools.
Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, children need to have proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, whooping cough. Children born in 2010 or later are required to show proof of immunization against chicken pox. Children who are not fully immunized or do not have a valid exemption may not be allowed to attend school.
To ensure that all children have proof of the required vaccines, Renfrew County and District Health Unit reviews immunization records for each child who attends school on an annual basis. All students who do not meet the minimum requirements will receive a letter requesting the required immunization information. If your child receives a letter, call Renfrew County and District Health Unit 613-735-8653 extension 513 or submit immunization information by fax 613-735-3067 or by mail to the address below.
The Health Unit offers community immunization clinics for students who are missing the required vaccines. To book an appointment call 613-735-8653 extension 666.
Process for approving immunization information
At registration for school, the parent or guardian completes an Immunization Program Questionnaire and provides a copy of the student’s immunization record.
Some schools send this information to the Health Unit, and other schools ask parents to mail or fax these documents to the Health Unit:
Renfrew County and District Health Unit
7 International Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5
The documents can also be brought to a Health Unit office during business hours.
Exemptions from immunization
If your child will be attending school and is medically unable to be vaccinated, a statement of medical exemption must be completed by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner.
As of September 1, 2017 parents who are choosing to not vaccinate their child must complete a mandatory education session provided by Renfrew County and District Health Unit. For more information please call 613-735-8653 ext 513.
Please note that we need the original copy. A photocopy is not acceptable.
Call Renfrew County and District Health Unit at 613-735-8653 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 513 for more information about exemptions from immunization.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit provides immunizations in schools for grade 7 students.
Grade 7 students are immunized against Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Hepatitis B and HPV are voluntary vaccines. Meningococcal vaccine is required for students to attend school in Ontario.
Vaccine fact sheets and consent forms are sent home with students in advance of visiting the school.
If your child is not at school on the day that Public Health Nurses are there to give the vaccines, please call the Health Info Line: 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 666 to book an appointment at one of our immunization clinics.
Ontario’s grade 7 school immunization program – The Vaccines
Programme de vaccination scolaire de l’Ontario – Les Vaccins
Ontario’s grade 7 school immunization program – Preparing for a School Clinic
Programme de vaccination scolaire de l’Ontario – Se Préparer pour une Clinique de Vaccination
When travelling outside of Canada, you may be at increased risk for illnesses and diseases that can be prevented by vaccines and/or other medications. Each destination is unique and may have required and/or recommended vaccines and medications.
For information on Zika virus visit https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/152.
You should consult a health care provider six to eight weeks before you travel. Call our Health Information Line at 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension for more information.
Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) tool
You can now update, view and/or print your child’s immunization record through the ICON portal. ICON is a secure tool for submitting updates and viewing your child’s immunization information on file at Renfrew County and District Health Unit.
In order to access your child’s immunization information using ICON you will need to create an account and set a PIN. To do this, you will need the following information:
- Your child’s Ontario Health Card (which must already be on file with the health unit), OR
- Your child’s Ontario Immunization ID (OIID) (if your child does not have an Ontario Health Card you can obtain their OIID and get assistance setting your PIN from Renfrew County and District Health Unit by calling 613-735-8651 ext. 513)
Government of Ontario – Vaccines and Immunization
Public Health Agency of Canada – Immunizations and Vaccines
Government of Canada – A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination