The Thunder Bay District Health Unit currently provides the following immunization clinics at school:
- Grade 7 Immunizations
- High School Immunizations
Because the Immunization of School Pupil’s Act requires the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to keep an updated immunization record (or valid exemption) for every child attending school in the district, children starting school must submit the School Entry Immunization Form (PDF) to the Health Unit. This includes children new to school (e.g. junior kindergarten) as well as children moving to the Thunder Bay District from another jurisdiction.
Elementary School Immunization Clinics
All students in Grade 7 are eligible to receive immunizations to protect against hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis ACYW-135 and HPV-9. Immunization against meningococcal meningitis ACYW-135 is required by law for all children attending school in Ontario, unless a valid exemption is filed with the Health Unit. Learn more about the vaccines by visiting Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule: Grade 7 and Vaccines for Children at School.
Secondary School Immunization Clinics
Most high school students are eligible for Tdap, the 10 year booster that is 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 a valid exemption is filed with the Health Unit.
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.
For Further Information
Call a nurse at (807) 625-5900, or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630