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School Immunization

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

As of September 2015, the TBDHU will no longer be providing school-based immunization clinics for Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students in the City of Thunder Bay and the surrounding rural areas. School-based immunization clinics for Grade 7 to 12 students will continue to be provided.

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The Health Unit offers school immunization clinics throughout the year.  

  • Before each clinic, public health nurses will assess the immunization record of each student.
  • If that student is not up to date for his/her age, they will be offered the immunization at their school clinic. 
  • Consents are sent home to parents before the clinic.

Click on the links below for more information:

Changes to the SK to Grade 6 Program -   September 2015

As of September 2015, the TBDHU will no longer be providing school-based immunization clinics for Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students in the City of Thunder Bay and the surrounding rural areas. School-based immunization clinics for Grade 7 to 12 students will continue to be provided.

Instead of the school-based clinic for primary students, the immunization program will focus on enhancing communication with parents/guardians about their children’s immunizations. Immunization clinics at the TBDHU office on Balmoral will also be expanded so that families that may not have health care providers will have more opportunities to come in to review immunization status and get their vaccines. The TBDHU will be working with health care providers to ensure that all children receive their childhood immunizations.

As the start of the 2015/16 school year approaches, parents and guardians of children starting school are reminded to submit their children’s immunization record to the TBDHU prior to starting school. Required immunizations can be administered by a family doctor, nurse-practitioner or scheduled at the TBDHU by appointment. For more information about immunizations or to schedule an appointment, please call 625-5900.

Where can I find the schedule for school immunization clinics?

Please click on one of the links below:

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - THUNDER BAY AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

The nurses will be providing Grade 7 hepatitis B and Menactra® immunizations and the HPV vaccine for Grade 8 girls.

Dates may need to be changed throughout the year. The schedule available above will always be updated; however, all changes from the original schedule will be listed here.

 

Grade 7 and 8 School Immunization Schedule - 2015/2016

  • schedule coming soon

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HIGH SCHOOLS - THUNDER BAY AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

High School Boosters Immunization Schedule - 2015/2016

  • schedule coming soon 

If a student has missed an immunization, they can visit weekly immunization clinic.

High School boosters will also be provided to all eligible high school students.

The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is available at no cost to girls through to the end of grade 12. Girls who were born in 1996 are eligible to complete their series if they started prior to August 31, 2014. Those born in 1993 to 1995 who have previously started their series that are outside of the provincial eligibility will be eligible to complete their series until August 31, 2015.

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DISTRICT OF THUNDER BAY COMMUNITIES

The nurses will be providing Senior Kindergarten (SK) boosters as well as Grade 7 hepatitis B and Menactra® immunizations and the HPV vaccine for Grade 8 girls.

Boosters will also be provided to all eligible high school students.

If a student misses an immunization they will need to visit their health care provider.

Click on the community to learn when the school clinic(s) will be held. The schedule will updated throughout the year as more dates are added.

If you have any other questions about school immunizations in the District, please contact your local branch office:

  • Manitouwadge: 826-4061
  • Marathon: 229-1820
  • Terrace Bay: 825-7770
  • Nipigon: 887-3031
  • Greenstone: 854-0454 (Geraldton)

 

BEARDMORE

Beardmore Public School

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DORION

Dorion Public School

  • coming soon

GERALDTON

BA Parker Public School, St. Joseph's School and École St. Joseph

  • coming soon

Geraldton Composite District High School

  • coming soon

LONGLAC

Lady of Fatima School, École Separee Notre-Dame-De-Fatima and Marjorie Mills Public School

  • coming soon

Ecole Secondaire Chateau-Jeunesse

  • coming soon

MANITOUWADGE

Our Lady of Lourdes, Manitouwadge Public School and École publique Franco-Manitou

  • coming soon

Manitouwadge High School and École Secondaire Manitouwadge

  • coming soon 



MARATHON 

École catholique Val des Bois, Holy Saviour School and Margaret Twomey Public School

  • coming soon

Marathon High School and École Secondaire Cite-Superieure

  • coming soon 

NAKINA

Notre Dame des Écoles, St. Brigid School and Nakina Public School

  • coming soon

NIPIGON

George O'Neill Public School and St. Edward School

  • coming soon

RED ROCK

Red Rock Pubic School and St. Hilary Catholic School

  • coming soon

SCHREIBER 

Schreiber Public School and Holy Angels School

  • coming soon

TERRACE BAY 

Terrace Bay Public School, St. Martin School and École Catholique Franco-Terrace

  • coming soon

Lake Superior High School

  • coming soon

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Is it my responsibility to make sure the Health Unit has my child’s vaccination history?

Yes, it is parents’ responsibility to inform the Health Unit of their child's immunizations. The Health Unit will have a record of any vaccines administered by Health Unit nurses.  Health care providers do not automatically inform the Health Unit when vaccines are given.

If your child receives a vaccine from another health care provider, please send this information to the Health Unit. 

Online Submission
You can now submit this information online by visiting the Health Unit's secure website - click here

Paper Submission
If you prefer, you can also fax or mail the information to the Health Unit. Simply print off the School Entry Immunization Form, fill it out, and fax or mail it back to the Health Unit.

Once you have an up-to-date listing of all vaccines, please forward to the Vaccine Preventable Disease program:

  • Fax to: (807) 625-4828 
  • Mail to: Vaccine Preventable Disease Program, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, 999 Balmoral Street Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6E7

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What is the Immunization of School Pupils Act and what mandatory vaccines does my child need for school?

The Immunization of School Pupils Act is a law in Ontario that states all students at school must be fully immunized against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German measles).

Starting in the 2014/15 school year, children will require proof of immunization against:

  • Meningitis
  • Pertussis
  • Chickenpox (required for children born in 2010 or later)

This is in addition to existing requirements for proof of immunization against many other diseases.

Click here for more information.

To have your child’s immunization record assessed for school requirements, please print and complete the following form and return to the Health Unit

 

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What happens if my child is missing a mandatory vaccine?

To have your child’s vaccinations updated, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit offers an appointment based clinic for all individuals over 1 year of age. Click here for more information about this clinic.

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What is an exemption?

Exemptions of immunization based on religious or conscientious grounds may be obtained from the Health Unit.  A Commissioner of Oaths is no longer available at the Health Unit. If an exemption is required, please download and print the form below and have it signed by a Notary Public.

A medical exception must be signed by a doctor.

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Which boosters are offered at the school clinics?

The Health Unit offers the following boosters:

Senior Kindergarten (SK) (available only at schools in the District as of Septemer 2015)

  • DPTP (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio) booster
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) booster OR MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, varicella) if the child has had a previous varicella NOTE: you will be told which vaccine your child needs depending on past immunizations they have received

High school (14-16 year olds)

  • diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis booster OR tetanus, diptheria NOTE: you will be told which vaccine your child needs depending on past immunizations they have received

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Which vaccines are offered to Grade 7 students?

All Grade 7 students are eligible for two recommended vaccines; Hep B and Menactra®. If a student misses a clinic at their school, they can make up the dose by visiting the weekly immunization clinic .

Hep B (Hepatitis B)

Menactra®

For more information, call the Vaccine Preventable Disease program at 625-5971 or 1-888-294-6630, ext. 5871.

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Where can I get more information about the HPV vaccine offered to Grade 8 girls?

The HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine called Gardasil™ is available free of charge to all Grade 8 girls.  The vaccine will be given, with consent, during Health Unit school immunization clinics.  A total of 3 doses will be required for full protection. If a student is still missing a dose after the nurses have visited the school three times during the school year, they can make up the dose by visiting the weekly immuniztion clinic.

Click on the links below for a copy of the HPV consent form:

For more information, you can also visit these reliable websites:

AS OF  2012-2013: Any female student in grades 9 through 12 who is missing one dose of HPV (for  example, started in Grade 8 but didn't finish all three doses) or needs to start the HPV series can do so when the nurses visit the school.  If any doses are needed after the nurses make their visit, the student will need to visit the Health Unit's weekly immunization clinic.

 

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Where can I find copies of the consent forms?

Click here for copies of the consent forms for each vaccine offered at the school immunization clinics.

Grade 7

Grade 8 (Girls Only)

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    How can I contact the Vaccine Preventable Disease program?

    For more information, please call 625-5971 or 1-888-294-6630, ext. 5971 to speak with a nurse. 

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    Last Updated: 9/2/2015