Starting in the 2014/15 school year, children need to have proof of immunization against meningococcal disease, whooping cough and chickenpox* to attend school. This is in addition to existing requirements for proof of immunization against many other diseases (see the checklist in this pdf document). The number of shots (doses) required for tetanus, diphtheria, polio and mumps has also been updated. Children who are not fully immunized may not be allowed to attend school.
What you need to do
Check with your health care provider or local public health unit to make sure your child has all the vaccines needed to attend school. If your child has followed the immunization schedule, no further vaccines will be needed.
Did you know that it’s your responsibility to report your child’s updated immunization records to your local public health unit? Your health care provider does not report these records for you.
For more information on immunization, visit ontario.ca/vaccines/.
To learn more read this immunization of school pupils act.