School-Based Immunization Clinics
Durham Region Health Department provides publicly funded (free) Meningococcal (Menactra), Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines to eligible grade 7 and grade 8 students in Durham Region through school clinics.
Children in grade 7 are offered one dose of publicly funded (FREE) Menactra® vaccine which protects against four types of meningococcal bacteria (A, C, Y and W135).
- The bacteria can lead to meningitis, which is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and/or septicemia, which is an infection involving the blood and multiple organs.
- The bacteria is spread through close, direct contact with an infected person (coughing, sneezing, kissing).
- As of 2014, one dose of Meningococcal conjugate-ACYW-135 vaccine (e.g., Menactra®) is required under the, Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) to attend school in Ontario for students born on or after January 1, 1997 and 12 years old or older.*
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Children in grade 7 are offered two doses of publicly funded (FREE) Hepatitis B vaccine, which protects against the Hepatitis B virus that attacks your liver.
- You need your liver to digest your food, remove waste from your body, and help to make proteins.
- Hepatitis B is spread through blood and other body fluids. For example through sexual contact, sharing needles or personal items (e.g., toothbrushes, razors, manicure tools) with an infected person. Pregnant women who are carriers can spread hepatitis B to their babies.
Human Papillomarvirus (HPV)
This year children in grade 7 and females in Grade 8 are offered two doses of publicly funded (FREE) Human Papillomarvirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against the HPV strains 6, 11, 16 and 18.
- HPV can lead to different cancers including: cervical cancer, genital cancers, precancerous lesions, anal cancer, certain cancers of the head and neck, as well as genital warts.
- HPV is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity or sexual touching with someone who has the virus.
- For students who have received their first dose of HPV vaccine on or after their 14th birthday or are immunocompromised, the HPV vaccine is given in 3 separate doses.
Hepatitis B, Menactra and HPV vaccines are only available free for grade 7 and grade 8 students through school clinics or Health Department catch-up clinics.
Eligible grade 7 students who missed a dose of the Hepatitis B, Menactra or HPV vaccines at the school clinic may receive the missed doses at the next school clinic, or call the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6242 or 1-800-841-2729 for more information.
Don't forget to update your record of protection.
After you or your child receives a vaccine, update your immunization record (yellow card).
*Parents must contact the Health Department if you object to immunization based on conscious or religious beliefs, or if your child cannot be immunized for medical reasons