School-based Immunization Programs 


The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provides a school-based immunization program for students that is delivered by the local health departments.

The three immunization programs currently delivered in schools provide vaccination for:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal Disease (students must have proof of immunization against this disease) 

Participation in the school-based vaccination programs is voluntary, although some immunizations are required for children to attend school in Ontario. Please see the school immunization checklist for more information.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of two to four immunizations, depending on the person’s age and the reason the vaccine is being given.


For more information, you can speak to your health care provider, or visit

Huma​n ​Papilloma Virus (HPV)​

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a very common virus with more than 100 types. Currently, the vaccine is available free of charge to grade 8 females in Ontario schools. This year, changes were introduced to the HPV Immunization Program that will take effect in September 2016. 

The two changes that will commence in the 2016-2017 school year are outlined below:

  1. For the 2016-2017 school year, the vaccine will be offered to grade 7 female students as well as grade 8 female students. Moving forward, the program will be offered for grade 7 students only in the years ahead. 
  2. The program is also being expanded to include offering the vaccination to grade 7 male students beginning in the 2016-2017 school year and moving forward.


Participation in the HPV vaccination program is voluntary. The HPV vaccination will only be administered to students whose parents have provided a signed consent form, granting permission for their child(ren) to receive the vaccine.​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Parents are encouraged to carefully review the following information provided to assist them in making a determination as to whether or not their child(ren) should participate in this voluntary vaccination program.

For additional information, please contact the Halton Regional Health Department directly at 905-825-6000.

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria known as Neisseria meningitidis (commonly known as meningococcus). Meningococcal disease is a very serious infection. Since 2014-2015, students attending elementary or secondary school in Ontario must have proof of immunization against Meningococcal Disease. 

Parents are required to provide proof of their child's immunization against this disease for school attendance, unless a valid statement of exemption is provided. 


For more information, read the Meningococcal Fact Sheet for Parents and Students​ or visit​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​