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Immunization

Parents of Children Attending School

Be Wise ImmunizeStudents aged 4-17 years attending schools in Ontario need to provide proof of immunization (shots) against 9 infectious diseases, as outlined in the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

What’s needed for back to school starting in the 2014-15 school year?

  • Pertussis (whooping cough) New
  • Meningococcal New
    • JK- Grade 5’s need 1 dose of Meningococcal Group C (ie. Menjugate)
    • Grade 7- 12’s need 1 dose of Meningococcal Group ACYW-135  (ie. Menactra)
  • Varicella (chicken pox) New For children starting JK (born in 2010 or later)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio

Children who do not have all of their shots may not be allowed to attend school.
If you’ve followed the Ontario Immunization Schedule, and your child received shots at the recommended ages, they are up-to-date. Check with your healthcare provider!

Exemptions may be granted for medical reasons or statement of conscience or religious belief, using the special forms available for this purpose from the Health Department:

  • Statement of Medical Exemption must be completed by a doctor.
  • Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit is a legal document which must be signed and stamped by a Commissioner of Oaths (e.g., notary public, town clerk, Member of Parliament, lawyer, judge, justice of the peace).