School Immunization

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit currently provides the following school immunization clinics:

  • Grade 7 Immunizations; as of September 1, 2017 all immunizations are given in Grade 7
  • High School Boosters

 

Elementary School Immunization Clinics

Both male and male students in Grade 7 are eligible to receive 3 immunizations to protect against hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis and HPV. Learn more about the vaccines by visiting Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule: Grade 7. You can also review a checklist from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

 

Secondary School Immunization Clinics

Most high school students are eligible for Tdap, a three-in-one vaccine. It protects people against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.  Immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis is required by law for all children attending school in Ontario, unless exempted.

 

Schedule

City of Thunder Bay Elementary Schools

  • All elementary school immunizations are given in Grade 7 as of September 2017. Visit #1 will include the first dose of both the Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines as well as the only dose of Menactra. Visit #2 will include the second dose of both the Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines.
  • Information packages, including consent forms, will be sent home with all students in the fall of 2017.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to review the package, sign the consent form and have their child return it to the school. Please return even if immunization consent is not given.
  • If an information package is not received, please call the Health Unit at 625-5900.

 

Elementary School Schedule for 2017-2018
 

HPV Dose #1

Hepatitis B Dose #1

Menactra®

Hepatitis B Dose # 2

HPV Dose #2
Armstrong October 17, 2017 TBD
Agnew H. Johnston October 2, 2017 April 3, 2018
Algonquin Avenue  October 3, 2017 April 5, 2018
Bishop E.Q. Jennings   October 12-13, 2017 April 19-20, 2018
Bishop Gallagher October 19-20, 2017 May 3, 2018
C.D. Howe October 17, 2017 April 17, 2018
Claude E. Garton October 10, 2017 April 10, 2018
Crestview   October 16, 2017 April 16, 2018
École  de la Vérendrye November 30-December 1, 2017 June 5, 2018
École Gron Morgan November 28, 2017 May 31, 2018
Edgewater Park October 24, 2017 April 23, 2018
Five Mile October 27, 2017 April 27, 2018
Gorham and Ware October 26, 2017 April 16, 2018
Kakabeka Falls December 7, 2017 June 7, 2018
Kingsway Park November 3, 2017 May 7, 2018
McKellar Park November 6, 2017 May 8, 2018
Nor'Wester View November 24, 2017 May 25, 2018
Ogden  November 10, 2017 May 11, 2018
Pope John Paul II October 5-6, 2017 April 12-13, 2018
Sherbrooke October 30, 2017 April 30, 2018
St. James November 13, 2017 May 14, 2018
Thunder Bay Christian November 9, 2017 May 10, 2018
Valley Central November 14, 2017 May 15, 2018
Vance Chapman November 27, 2017 May 28, 2018
Westmount November 21, 2017 May 24, 2018
Whitefish Valley November 20, 2017 May 22, 2018
Woodcrest November 23, 2017 May 29, 2018

Current as of September 20, 2017

 

City of Thunder Bay High Schools

  • Boosters will be given in the high schools.
  • Information packages, including consent forms, will be sent home with all students in the fall of 2017.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to review the package, sign the consent form and have their child return it to the school. Please return even if immunization consent is not given.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to review the package, sign the consent form and have their child return it to the school.
  • If an information package is not received, please call the Health Unit at 625-5900.
High School Schedule for 2017-2018
Dennis Franklin Cromarty December 12, 2017
École secondaire catholique de la Vérendrye November 30 - December 1, 2017
Hammarskjold High School  December 4-5, 2017
Sir Winston Churchill C. & V.I. December 18-19, 2017
St. Ignatius January 11-12, 2018
St. Patrick December 14-15, 2017
Superior C. & V.I. January 18-19, 2018
Westgate C. & V.I. January 15-16, 2018

Current as of September 20, 2017

 

Communities in the Surrounding District

  • All elementary school immunizations are given in Grade 7 as of September 2017. Visit #1 will include the first dose of both Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines. Visit #2 will include the one dose of Menactra. Visit #3 will include the second dose of both Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines.
  • Boosters will be given in the high schools.
  • Information packages, including consent forms, will be sent home with all students in the fall of 2017.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to review the package, sign the consent form and have their child return it to the school. Please return even if immunization consent is not given.
  • If an information package is not received, please call the nearest branch office in Marathon, Terrace Bay, Nipigon and Greenstone. For schools in Manitouwadge, call 1-888-294-6630.
  Grade 7 Vaccines High School
Geraldton  Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1 – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Menactra – Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Longlac  Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1 – Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Menactra – Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Thursday, October 26, 2017
Manitouwadge Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1 – Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Menactra – Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 - TBD Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Marathon Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1 – Wednesday September 27, 2017 Menactra – Wednesday October 11, 2017 Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 - TBD Marathon High School and École secondaire Cité-Supérieure – Thursday, November 9, 2017
Nakina Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1 – Thursday, November 2, 2017 Menactra – Thursday, November 30, 2017 Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – Thursday, April 12, 2018 N/A
Nipigon & Red Rock Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1 – Tuesday October 3, 2017 (Thursday October 5th if immunizations are not complete in one day) Menactra – Wednesday October 18, 2017 Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 - TBD Thursday, November 2, 2017
Schreiber & Terrace Bay Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1 – Friday October 13, 2017 Menactra – Wednesday October 25, 2017 Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 - TBD Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Current as of September 20, 2017

 

Immunization of School Pupils Act

The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that all students have proof of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), polio, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), and chickenpox (required for children born in 2010 or later). These infections are covered under Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule.

 

Avoiding Schools Suspensions

If a child’s immunization record is not up-to-date according to the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), parents/guardians will be contacted through a letter sent home by the TBDHU. The letter will provide details and instructions so a suspension can be avoided.

If you receive a letter, please review immediately and contact a TBDHU nurse; call 625-5900 in Thunder Bay or contact your nearest branch office. To avoid suspension, always keep your child's immunizations up-to-date according to Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule, and report all immunizations to the TBDHU.

Exemptions

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, your child can be exempted from immunization for medical reasons or due to conscience or religious belief.

For Medical Reasons

You must fill out a Statement of Medical Exemption form that has been signed by a physician or nurse practitioner and submit it to the closest office of the TBDHU. It will indicate the reason for the exemption:

  • your child has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine
  • there is evidence of your child’s immunity to the disease, making further immunization unnecessary

For Conscience or Religious Belief

NEW - Starting September 1, 2017, you’ll need to:

  1. Contact the TBDHU at 625-5900 or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630 to complete a mandatory education session that covers:
  • Basic information about immunization
  • Vaccine safety
  • Immunization and community health
  • Immunization law in Ontario

At the end of the session, you’ll receive a Vaccine Education Certificate signed and dated by the TBDHU.

  1. Complete a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief form and get it is signed by a commissioner for taking affidavits in Ontario.
  2. Make copies of your certificate and your signed Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief form and submit the originals to you’re the nearest office of the Health Unit. It is important that you keep your copy for safe keeping.

Children with exemptions may be excluded from attending school (often for several weeks) in the event of an outbreak caused by one of the vaccine-preventable diseases noted in the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA).

 

Missed Dose

Students who miss a dose of any vaccine (for example, is not at school on immunization day) can still receive it by visiting the Immunization Clinic or their health care provider (family doctor, etc.).

 

 

For More Information

Call a nurse at (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 28/09/2017