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Immunization Requirements

Within a daycare environment, infectious diseases can spread easily from child to child, or between children and staff. Immunization is an extremely effective way to prevent children and staff from become ill from diseases and suffering further complications that could arise.

Parents and/or guardians are required to provide their child's immunization record or valid exemption to the daycare during registration.

The local Medical Officer of Health requires children attending daycare to be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, Haemophilus influeunza b (Hib), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, meningococcal disease and varicella (Chickenpox), according to the Ontario schedule.

Further information on recommended immunizations for children can be found at immunization schedule for children two months to six years.

The Health Unit works in partnership with day nursery operators to ensure all children and staff in their facilities are protected from vaccine preventable diseases. Effective assessment of immunization status and management of outbreaks requires ongoing monitoring. Please refer to the following letter for more information on new requirements for daycares in regards to their attendance and immunization records.

Health Unit Recommendations for Vaccination in Day Nurseries

Additional Resources:

Why Immunization is Important - HKPR District Health Unit

Fact Sheets - Immunization - HKPR District Health Unit

Immunization Schedule Calculator - Government of Canada

CANImmunize Phone App - Helps you keep track of your family's vaccinations - Immunize Canada