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APPOINTMENTS NOW NEEDED FOR WEEKLY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC
Appointments are now needed for the weekly Wednesday immunization clinic.
The clinic is booking appointments approximately one month in advance. Please keep this in mind.
If no one is available, please leave a name and number and your call will be returned within 2 business days.
ZOSTAVAX (SHINGLES VACCINE)
- Zostavax is no longer available at the Wednesday immunization clinic.
- We apologize for any inconvenience.
- Please speak to your health care provider about this very important vaccine.
HPV (human papillomavirus) VACCINE - GARDASIL
The province of Ontario has expanded the eligibility for girls to receive the FREE HPV vaccine called Gardasil. It will now be available in grades 8 through 12. Girls in grade 8 will be eligible to get all three doses at school. Consent forms will be sent home. Click here for a school clinic schedule for schools in both the City and the surrounding District.
Please read on for more information for girls in high school as well as girls who were born in 1993/1994:
Girls who were born in 1993/1994:
- These girls were enrolled in Grade 8 in the first year of the publicly funded program.
- These girls have until August 31, 2013 to get any doses they might have missed when they were in grade 8 AT NO COST.
- If they didn't start in Grade 8, they can start and finish the 3 dose series before August 31, 2013 at NO COST.
- To get the vaccines they need, they will need to make an appointment to visit our Wednesday clinic. Click here for more information.
- After August 31, 2013, they will have to pay for any missed doses themselves.
Girls who will be in high school as of September 2012:
- The province of Ontario has made the FREE HPV vaccine available to girls through the end of their grade 12 year.
- Girls who got two doses in Grade 8 can get their third dose when the Health Unit visits their school during the 2012/2013 school year.
- Girls who got only one dose can get their second dose at school. It is recommended they get their third and last dose by making an appointment for our Wednesday clinic. Click here for more information.
For students living in District communities, please visit your health care provider.
TB SKIN TESTING
- The Health Unit does not provide TB skin tests for screening purposes for school or employment. TB skin testing is only available to those who are contacts of TB cases.
- Click here for more information about TB skin tests. Please speak with your health care provider if you need the test.
The Wednesday clinic is by appointment only. For travel clinic information, click here.
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Do I need to make an appointment?
Yes. As of September 12th, 2012, APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW NEEDED.
The clinic will take appointments between 1:00 and 6:00pm.
Clients will be given a 30 minute time frame in which they will be seen; for example, you may get an appointment between 1:30 and 2:00pm. Appointments can be made up to 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.
Please call to make an appointment. If no one is available, please leave a name and number and the call will be returned within 2 business days:
Where is the clinic located?
The clinic is located at 999 Balmoral Street, at the corner of Balmoral and Williams.
There is a bus stop right in front of the Health Unit:
- From the City Hall station, take the East End (#12) or the James (#8).
- From the Water Street station, take the Memorial (#3) or the Mainline (#1) to Intercity Mall and then transfer to the James (#8).
- Take the Crosstown (#2) to the City Hall station and stay on that bus because it then becomes the East End (#12).
Do children need parental consent?
A signed or verbal consent by the parent or legal guardian is needed for all children under the age of sixteen. Parents and guardians are the only adults who can give consent.
Should I bring my yellow card?
Please bring your yellow immunization card if you have one. The nurses will update the card for your records. The Health Unit has a record of all immunizations given by Health Unit staff.
It is important to know that your health care provider does not automatically inform the Health Unit when you are given a vaccine. It is the responsibility of an individual, or a parent/guardian, to let the Health Unit know of any immunizations received from a health care provider. Click here for more information on how to give the Health Unit information on vaccinations you may have received from another health care provider.
What is a routine immunization?
A routine immunization is one that is provided free-of-charge to all Ontario residents, according to a set immunization schedule. Immunizing according to a schedule maximizes your protection from serious vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunizing on schedule gives your child the best immunity possible and lasts throughout childhood. Booster doses are required for some vaccines
Do I need to bring my immunization card?
You are encouraged to bring in a record of your previous immunizations. The nurses will review your record and they will also add any new vaccines you receive at the clinic.
Can I get a TB skin test?
In general, the Health Unit does not provide TB skin tests for screening purposes for school or employment. TB skin testing is only available to those who are contacts of TB cases.
Click here for more information about TB skin tests. Please speak with your health care provider if you need a TB skin test.
Do I have to pay for the vaccines?
Many vaccines are publicly funded by the Ontario government so they are offered free-of-charge.
There is a cost for some of the vaccines, so click here for a list of the most current vaccine fees.
Where can I call for more information?
Please call the Vaccine Preventable Diseases program for more information at 625-5971 or 1-888-294-6630, ext. 5971.