Public Health offers child and adult immunization clinics in Guelph, Fergus, Orangeville, Shelburne and Mount Forest. Clients can call 1-800-265-7293 to book an appointment.
To speak with a nurse about vaccines required for school attendance call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4746.
Recent changes to immunization programs
As of October 2016: The Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario (PDF, 8 pages, 636 KB) has been updated.
As of September 2016: Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Immunization Program (PDF, 5 pages, 171 KB) was introduced for clients ages 65-70.
For flu vaccine winter 2016/2017: Clients can also get the flu vaccine through local pharmacies or through Public Health. Have them call 1-800-265-7293 to book an appointment.
School immunization program
For the 2016-2017 school year Public Health will offer grade 7 boys and girls the HPV vaccine in addition to the Meningococcal and Hepatitis B vaccine.
- Only boys who are in grade 7 this year are eligible to receive the HPV vaccine at this time. Boys outside this grade can purchase the HPV vaccine.
- Grade 8 girls will be offered HPV vaccine for the 2016-2017 school year.
- All school vaccines can be ordered through Public Health.
Assessment and suspension
Starting in January 2017 your clients may receive a letter from Public Health regarding vaccinations not being up-to-date. This could be for the following reasons:
- Public health does not have a complete immunization record on file.
- Your client’s vaccine(s) need to be updated.
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)
By law in Ontario, under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, children must be fully immunized against 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 (August 2011)
- Students born on or after September 1, 2004 and age is under 12 years: require 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate – C vaccine
- Students born on or after January 1, 1997 and age is 12 years or older (Grade 7 and above): require 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate – ACYW 135
- Chickenpox vaccine is publicly funded for all children born on or after January 1, 2000. They are eligible for 2 doses.
- Two-dose series of chickenpox vaccine is required for all children born on or after January 1, 2010 to attend school.
If a child is being exempted from school vaccinations for medical reasons, a Statement of Medical Exemption must be signed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
Failure to provide proof of the above immunizations or a notarized exemption can result in school suspension.
To support discussions with your clients about vaccines, visit the Ministry of Health’s Immunization Well-Child toolkit. It has educational tools and vaccine fact sheets.