Immunization Information for Families

Infectious diseases are commonly spread among children who are not immunized. By immunizing your child, you are protecting them, and our community, from infectious disease. Report all immunizations your child has received to the Health Department. Your doctor does not report these for you.

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Where can I get immunized?

How can I get my immunization records?

  • If you have updated the Health Department with your child’s immunization records or are wondering if your school submitted them on your behalf, we can let you know what records we have on file. You can access your child’s immunization records:

Immunizations for Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

The following immunizations are recommended and available free of charge.

2 months
4 months
6 months
12 months
15 months
18 months
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio & Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio & Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio & Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Meningococcal
  • Measles, mumps & rubella
  • Varicella
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio & Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
   
  • 6 months and older - Influenza (flu shot) every fall

Get more information about Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules (external link).

Immunizations for School Aged Children

The following immunizations are recommended and available free of charge.

4 - 6 years
Grade 7/8
Age 14 - 16
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis & polio
  • Measles, mumps, rubella & varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal (Menactra®)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV – Gardasil®) (grade 8 females)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis
  • Influenza (flu shot) every fall

Immunization of Pre-teens & Teens

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has announced changes to the Human Papillomavirus(HPV) immunization program. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Ontario will offer the HPV vaccine free of charge to all boys and girls in grade 7. Currently the HPV vaccine is offered free of charge to girls in grade 8.

If you have a son or daughter entering grade 7 or a daughter entering grade 8 in the 2016-17 school year, they will be offered the HPV vaccine through school-based clinics offered by the Halton Region Health Department. The 2016-17 school year will be the last year when girls in grade 8 will be offered the HPV vaccine because moving forward, it will be offered only in grade 7.

Learn more about the changes to Ontario’s HPV immunization program. For up-to-date information about the changes to the HPV program, please visit ontario.ca/hpv.

These are provided by Halton Region Health Department for students in grade 7 and 8 for certain vaccines.

Immunizations required for attendance at School

Although all immunizations listed in the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule are recommended, specific immunizations are legally required for all students attending school in Halton Region as per the Immunization of School Pupil’s Act (ISPA) (external link). Halton Region Health Department enforces ISPA on behalf of the province.

As of July 1, 2014, the meningococcal vaccine (Menactra ®) has been required for school attendance. Menactra ® is mandatory like diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines.

Parents must provide proof that their children have the following immunizations to legally attend schools.

For more information, download this Parent Handout (external PDF) developed by the Province of Ontario, or call the Health Department by dialing 311.

Immunization Exemption

A parent/guardian has the option to temporarily or permanently exempt a child from receiving immunizations based on the following:

  • Medical reasons
  • Conscience or religious belief

An exemption allows an unimmunized or under-immunized child to school. However, in the event of an infectious disease outbreak, the Medical Officer of Health has a responsibility to ensure the child does not attend school until the outbreak is over.

What do I need to do?

See more information on the vaccine exemption process.