Immunizations (shots) give your child extra protection against diseases. It’s important for children to get their immunizations on time – whether as babies, before daycare, in elementary school, or in high school.
Come to one of our clinics to get free immunizations, including the flu shot.
Recommended immunization schedule for children and teens
The Ontario immunization schedule (PDF) may be different for children who were immunized in another country. However, once the child lives in Ontario, they must follow Ontario's schedule. This may mean the child may need additional immunizations to "catch up" to the current Ontario schedule.
Before starting in licensed childcare, your child must have certain shots required by the Government of Ontario. Or, you must file a legal statement of exemption (medical exemption or conscientious exemption) with the childcare facility and with Public Health.
This is according to the Day Nurseries Act, 1990, Reg. 262, s.62 (4).
Children who go to school must have up-to-date shots as required by the Government of Ontario, or a legal exemption. Public Health must also have copies of these records. You should give immunization information to the school when registering your child. But if your child gets additional shots, you have to report them directly to us.
Our role is to collect, screen, and keep up-to-date records of immunizations for students, according to the Immunization of School Pupils Act.
If your child is not immunized, he/she might be sent home if there is an outbreak of disease at the school, and kept out of the school until the outbreak is over.
Children ages 16 and older
Teens ages 16 and older must provide consent for parents or guardians to access their immunization records. To provide consent, your teen must fax written consent to 519-836-7215 or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4652.
How to update your child’s immunization records
We screen the immunization records of all children going to school in Wellington, Dufferin, and Guelph. If the child’s immunizations are not up-to-date, we will mail you a form. When we schedule catch-up clinics in high schools, they'll be listed here. If you receive a form, follow these steps:
- Provide any missing information
- Get any missing shots (call your doctor or Public Health to book an appointment, or check the secondary school clinic schedule)
- Return the questionnaire to the school or Guelph Public Health office one of the following ways:
- Mail: 503 Imperial Rd. N., Guelph, ON N1H 6T9
- Phone: 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4652
- Fax: 519-836-7215
Having an incomplete immunization record means your child could be suspended from school until we receive proof of the required immunizations. Our nurses work with schools and parents to try to prevent suspensions – we want your child to have the safest and healthiest school year possible.
High school immunization clinics
We hold immunization catch-up clinics at some high schools so students can get their required booster shots of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. We can also give other shots that were missed.
Elementary school immunization program
Public health nurses visit schools to offer additional (non-mandatory) vaccines.
Grade 7 students can get:
- One dose of meningococcal vaccine called Menactra (ACY&W135)
- Hepatitis B given in two doses scheduled four to six months apart
Grade 8 girls can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, called Gardasil, for free. This vaccine is three doses given within six months (one dose, another two months later, and another four months from the second dose).
Gardasil is available to girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26. If your daughter is not in grade 8, she can get the HPV vaccine from her doctor or from a Public Health clinic. The vaccine is not free for girls not in grade 8, but some insurance companies may cover the cost. For more information, visit HPVInfo.ca.
Choosing not to immunize your child
Immunization is not mandatory in Ontario. However, choosing not to immunize your child is a serious decision. If you make this decision, you must follow these steps:
- File a legal exemption, which must be notarized and signed by a Commissioner of Oaths*
- Give copies of the legal exemption to Public Health and your child’s school or daycare
*A Commissioner of Oaths is empowered to administer and witness the swearing of oaths or solemn affirmations in the taking of an affidavit for legal matters. Commissioners include: Head of Municipal Council, Clerk or Deputy Clerk, Treasurer or Deputy Treasurer, Reeve or Depute Reeve, Lawyer, Member of Provincial Parliament.