According to Ontario legislation, children attending school in Ontario between the ages of 4 and 17 are required to be immunized against certain diseases or have the appropriate exemptions. If your child is up-to-date according to Ontario's immunization schedule, they are not required to receive any other vaccines.
Upon day care or school registration, one of the following forms should be attached to a copy of immunizations given since birth and returned to the day care or school that your child will be attending:
If children have not or will not be receiving the required immunizations, exemptions forms should be completed and the originals returned to the Health Unit. if you want a non-medical exemption form, please email email@example.com to get connected with a Public Health Nurse.
Reporting Your Child's Immunization to the Health Unit
At the present time, immunization information is not automatically transferred between the health care provider and the Health Unit. The Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has a legislated mandate to ensure that all school children are immunized or have the appropriate exemptions. Health Unit staff regularly conduct immunization audits to identify any students for whom we do not have up to date information. Keeping the Health Unit informed of your child's immunization can prevent your child being unduly suspended or excluded from school.
To update your child's record, contact the Health Unit by mail at:
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
458 Laurier Blvd.,
Or Fax to: 613-345-7038
or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Unit Immunization Clinics
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit provides routine immunizations for babies and children, regardless of whether or not you have a doctor or nurse practitioner. The health unit also offers publicly funded vaccine for adults. Health Unit immunization clinics are by appointment.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit offers travel consults by appointment, as well as a selection of travel vaccines including:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
A cost is associated with these vaccines. Please see our vaccine price list for more info:
Please note: The Health Unit does not provide Yellow Fever vaccine or antimalarials.
School Immunization Clinics
During the 2017-2018 school year all grade 7 students will be offered hepatitis B, meningococcal and HPV vaccines, as per the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In the past, the HPV vaccine was offered to grade 8 girls; however, with the transition of the HPV vaccine to grade 7, only grade 7 students will be offered the vaccine at school clinics. Health Unit staff will be attending area schools twice during the school year as per the following schedule: School Immunization Schedule 2017-2018 - Coming Soon.
If you have any questions please contact the Vaccine Program.
The following video may help answer questions about the HPV vaccine:
If your child experiences an adverse reaction following an immunization, please contact your health care provider or go to the nearest emergency department. Your health care provider will complete an official "AEFI" (Adverse Event Following Immunization) report and send it to the Health Unit for data entry into the provincial registry. This helps with ongoing monitoring that is done to ensure vaccine safety.
Incorrect information can lead people to question the safety of vaccines and whether or not they should receive them. The CDC helps address common concerns including multiple vaccines and the immune system, as well as vaccines during pregnancy.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has several fact sheets about specific routine vaccines and the diseases they protect against.