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.

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  for 1 of 2 reasons:

  • Public health does not have a complete immunization record on file.
  • 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
  • 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.