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Immunization

Vaccines (injections or shots) are the best way to protect your teen against some very serious infections and teenage girl getting a needle from doctordiseases.

Students in schools are required to be immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. In 1990, the Ontario government passed a law called the "Immunization of School Pupils Act" (ISPA). This Act requires health units to collect and maintain the immunization records of all students attending schools. Health units maintain records of the immunization status of all children.

In the event of an outbreak of one of the designated diseases, unvaccinated children are excluded from school until the Medical Officer of Health is satisfied the outbreak has ended. With appropriate legal documentation, exemptions based on medical, religious, or philosophical reasons are allowed.

If students do not provide an immunization record or legal exemption, they may face suspension from school until documentation of immunization or until the health unit receives the exemption

The Health Unit can provide information on the importance of immunization. To learn more, review the links listed below or contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Additional Resources:

Fact Sheets - Immunization - HKPR District Health Unit

Why Immunization is Important - HKPR District Health Unit

Immunization Schedule Calculator

Facebook Vaccination Ontario Information

Immunize Canada

Canadian Immunization Guide - Public Health Agency of Canada

Videos:

HPV Vaccine -  HKPR District Health Unit

Should You Get the HPV Vaccination

Keeping Up with Vaccinations - HKPR District Health Unit

App

ImmunizeCA App - Helps you keep track of your family's vaccination - Immunize Canada