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 influenza b (Hib), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, meningococcal disease and varicella (Chickenpox), according to the Ontario schedule.
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.
To learn more about immunization requirements, contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.