Halton Region Public Health is continuing to work with the Ministry of Health on the enforcement of mandatory vaccines under the Immunization of School Pupil’s Act (ISPA) (external link).
All immunizations listed in the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule are recommended.
However, specific immunizations are legally required for students attending school in Halton Region as per the ISPA.
Parents must provide proof that their children have the following immunizations to public health, in order for them to attend school:
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Varicella (chicken pox) – for those born in 2010 or later
- Meningococcal disease - (Men C-C) for ages 1-11 AND (Men C-ACYW) for ages 12 and older
For more information, download this Parent Handout developed by the Province of Ontario (external PDF), or contact Halton Region Public Health by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 311.
A parent/guardian can temporarily or permanently exempt a child from receiving immunizations based on either of the following:
- Medical reasons
- Non-medical reasons (conscience or religious belief)
An exemption allows an unimmunized or under-immunized child to attend school. However, in the event of an infectious disease outbreak, the Medical Officer of Health has a responsibility to ensure that the child does not attend school until the outbreak is over.
Please visit the vaccine exemption web page for more information on this process.