Vaccines & Immunization

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: 

  1. Public health does not have a complete immunization record on file.
  2. 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.