Vaccines & Immunization

Public Health offers child and adult immunization clinics in Guelph, Fergus, Orangeville and Shelburne. Clients can call 1-800-265-7293 to book an appointment.

To speak with a nurse about vaccines required for childcare/school attendance call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4746.

To report vaccines you’ve given to clients, fill out and fax us the Immunization Reporting of Children Age 0-18 years form (PDF, 102 KB, 1 page).

A Statement of Medical Exemption must be signed by a physician or nurse practitioner and submitted to Public Health.

2020-21 Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Resources

Immunization resources 

School immunization program

Public Health offers grade 7 students publicly funded Meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines. All school vaccines can be ordered through Public Health.

  • Eligibility for HPV vaccine:
    • Born in 2005 and later, males and females eligible for Gardasil 9 (HPV9) until end of high school
    • Born in 2004, males and females eligible for Gardasil (HPV4) until end of high school
    • Born in 2003 and earlier, only females eligible for Gardasil 4 until end of high school
  • For those eligible for HPV9, age at first dose:*
    • 14 and younger: 2 doses are required 6 months apart
    • 15 and older: 3 doses are required at 0, 2 and 6 months
  • For those eligible for HPV4, age at first dose:*
    • 13 and younger: 2 doses are required 6 months apart
    • 14 and older: 3 doses are required at 0, 2 and 6 months

*Note: Immunocompromised individuals may require a 3-dose series. For more information, call a public health nurse at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4746.

Assessment and suspension

If your client receives a letter from Public Health regarding immunizations, it is because:

  • Public health does not have a complete immunization record on file, or
  • Your client requires vaccine(s).

By law in Ontario, under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, children must be fully immunized or have a valid exemption for the following diseases to attend school:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German measles)
  • Meningococcal disease (meningitis)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox) – for children born on or after Jan. 1, 2010

Key points for immunization providers:

  • Continue to follow the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule (PDF, 1 page)
  • A two-dose series of chickenpox vaccine is publicly funded for all people born on or after January 1, 2000
  • The two-dose series of chickenpox vaccine is required for all children born on or after January 1, 2010 to attend school

Failure to provide proof of the above immunizations or a valid exemption can result in school suspension. Students in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph who do not have valid immunizations will NOT be suspended in the 2020-2021 school year.

Notification packages will be sent between December 2020 and June 2021 to all students who do not have valid immunizations, notifying them of the ISPA requirement and strongly encouraging that they get these immunizations before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. It is Public Health’s intention to resume the suspension process in the 2021-2022 school year.