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Daycare and School Immunizations

Being fully immunized protects children against diseases that can be dangerous and easily spread to others. HPEPH collects and maintains records for all daycare and school age children, in accordance with the Child Care Early Years Act (CCEYA) and the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA).

In Ontario, health care providers do not automatically report immunizations to their local public health agency. Parents and guardians are responsible for reporting their child’s immunizations to Public Health.

If you decide not to immunize your child, please review our Deciding Not to Immunize section at the bottom of this page.

Requirements for Daycare

Under the Child Care Early Years Act (CCEYA), children attending a licensed child care facility (and not attending school) must be immunized as recommended by the local MOH, or if a decision is made not to immunize, parents must provide public health with the the appropriate exemption documents. For children attending daycare, the CCEYA requires Public Health to have up-to-date immunization information for the following diseases:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Haemophilus influenzae (type b)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Rotavirus (as eligible)

Under the Child Care Early Years Act (CCEYA), children can be denied entry to daycare if their immunization records are not up to date. Avoid this by updating your child’s immunization record.

Requirements for School

For children attending school, the ISPA requires Public Health to have up-to-date immunization information for the following diseases:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)*
  • Meningoccal disease

* For children born in 2010, or later.

Under the ISPA, students can be suspended from school if their immunization records are not up-to-date with Public Health. Avoid this by updating your child’s immunization record.

Which Vaccines are Provided at School?

Please note: HPEPH school immunization clinics are temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, vaccines are still available to health care providers. Until regular vaccination clinics resume, parents can contact their health care provider to arrange vaccination updates for their children.

HPEPH works with local school boards to deliver certain vaccines in the school setting. Grade 7 vaccinations (hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal) are provided in local schools each year. All vaccines are provided free of charge. The school immunization program involves the following:

  • Parents will be asked to sign and return a consent form before the clinic day. For more information, review our Grade 7 Vaccinations overview.
  • On the clinic day, an experienced Public Health nurse will use different strategies to minimize any discomfort, like distracting your child and asking your child to relax his/her arm.
  • It’s possible that your child may receive up to three separate shots, one for each immunization, during a clinic.
  • Your child will receive the immunizations in the upper arms. On clinic days, they should wear clothes that will allow easy access to their arms. The nurse will ask your child some questions about his or her health before beginning the immunization(s).
  • If your child is absent on the day of the immunization clinic, please contact us to make other arrangements.
  • Sometimes students may experience minor side effects, such as pain, swelling or redness in the arm. 

Deciding not to Immunize

If you decide not to immunize your child, you must submit one of the following notarized documents:

Affidavits must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public or a Commissioner of Oaths prior to bringing the originals to a Public Health office.

If you are submitting a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief for school age children, you are also required to complete an education session offered through Public Health. Please call us at the number below to book an education session.

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Need More Information About Daycare and School Immunizations?

For more information, or to book an appointment in Belleville, Trenton, Bancroft or Picton, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 221.

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. However, phone lines remain open. The COVID-19 information line is operating 7 days a week (excluding statutory holidays) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All other program lines are operating Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.