Immunization in Schools

To attend school in Ontario, children are required to be vaccinated against several infectious diseases. Failure to meet the vaccine requirements could result in a school suspension.

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) conducts immunization clinics within schools across Huron and Perth counties to help make it easier for students to stay up-to-date with their vaccinations.

Elementary school clinics

Immunizations are offered free for students in grades 7 starting every fall at school clinics.

Grade 7 immunizations protect against:

  • hepatitis B
  • meningococcal disease (meningitis)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Consent forms will be sent home from school with your child in September. If you don't want your child immunized, you still need to complete and return the consent form indicating your decision.

If your child is home-schooled or in special education programs, they are eligible to get these vaccines when they are 13. Contact us to make arrangements.

Hepatitis B

The hepatitis B vaccine is given twice: the first immunization is given in September or October, and the second in the spring.

Menactra

Menactra protects against meningococcal diseases and is required for school attendance by law. It is one vaccine given in September or October.

If you choose not to protect your child with this vaccine, you are required to attend a vaccine exemption counselling session, and have a properly commissioned affidavit on file.

HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine is given twice: the first dose in September or October, and the second dose in the spring.

If your child missed these vaccines when they were in grade 7 (or 8), call us to see if they qualify for the publicly funded vaccines.

Secondary school clinics

By Grade 10, most students need a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. This shot is required every 10 years. Students must receive this immunization in order to attend school.

Your child will be given a letter and consent form at school to inform you about upcoming high school immunization clinics. You must return the consent form to your child's school or Huron Perth Public Health.

Your child can also have this booster shot through their family doctor's office. Be sure to report the immunization to HPPH.

Vaccine exemptions

Families who choose not to protect their child with the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis -vaccine are required to attend a vaccine exemption counselling session at the Health Unit, and have a properly commissioned affidavit on file.

Consent

Secondary school students are able to consent for themselves, but parents are encouraged to discuss this immunization with their child and take advantage of the opportunity to get this vaccine at their school. For information about consent, review the Health Care Consent Act.

What happens if I miss the clinic date?

If your child is absent from school on an immunization clinic date, we will give them the vaccine the next time we are at the school. Our nurses may also call you to make alternate arrangements.