The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provides a school-based immunization program for Grade 7 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
Participation in the Grade 7 school-based vaccination programs is voluntary, although some immunizations are required for children to attend school in Ontario. For more information on the Grade 7 school-based vaccination program, read or download this fact sheet.
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 ontario.ca/vaccines.
Human 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 7 students in Ontario schools.
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.
- Letter to Parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton
- Ministry of Health HPV Fact Sheet
- Halton Region HPV Information
For additional information, please contact the Halton Regional Health Department directly at 905-825-6000.
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.