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
  • 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

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 Vaccines for Children at School from the Ministry .

 

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 2018. 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 2018.
  • 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 2018-2019
Elementary School Schedule for 2018-2019
 

HPV Dose #1

Hepatitis B Dose #1

Menactra®

Hepatitis B Dose # 2

HPV Dose #2
Armstrong October 2, 2018 April 4, 2019
Agnew H. Johnston November 29, 2018 May 30, 2019
Algonquin Avenue  October 2, 2018 April 2, 2019
Bishop E.Q. Jennings   October 11, 2018 (Oct. 12 if needed) April 15, 2019 (April 16 if needed)
Bishop Gallagher November 1, 2018 (Nov. 2 if needed) May 6, 2019 (May 7 if needed)
C.D. Howe October 1, 2018 April 1, 2019
Claude E. Garton November 15, 2018 May 16, 2019
Crestview   October 22, 2018 April 26, 2019
École  de la Vérendrye November 30, 2018 May 31, 2019
École Gron Morgan November 6, 2018 May 14, 2019
Edgewater Park November 7, 2018 May 27, 2019
Five Mile October 19, 2018 April 25, 2019
Gorham and Ware October 26, 2018 April 30, 2019
Kakabeka Falls October 29, 2018 May 2, 2019
Kingsway Park November 5, 2018 May 9, 2019
McKellar Park October 30, 2018 April 29, 2019
Nor'Wester View November 19, 2018 May 21, 2019
Ogden  November 13, 2018 May 17, 2019
Pope John Paul II October 4 2018 (Oct. 5 + 9 if needed) April 11, 2019 (April 12 if needed)
Sherbrooke October 16, 2018 April 23, 2019
St. James October 18, 2018 May 24, 2019
Thunder Bay Christian November 26, 2018 June 3, 2019
Valley Central November 23, 2018 May 28, 2019
Vance Chapman November 12, 2018 May 13, 2019
Westmount October 15, 2018 April 18, 2019
Whitefish Valley November 9, 2018 May 10, 2019
Woodcrest November 20, 2018 May 23, 2019

Current as of November 6, 2018

 

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 2018.
  • 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 2018-2019
High School Schedule for 2018-2019
Dennis Franklin Cromarty January 22, 2019
École secondaire catholique de la Vérendrye November 30, 2018
Hammarskjold High School  February 25, 2019 (Feb. 26 if needed)
Matawa Learning Centre March 4, 2019 (March 5 if needed)
St. Ignatius March 21, 2019 (March 22 if needed)
St. Patrick December 17, 2018 (Dec. 18 if needed)
Superior C. & V.I. December 6, 2018 (Dec. 7 if needed)
Westgate C. & V.I. January 14, 2019 (Jan. 15 if needed)

Current as of November 6, 2018

 

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 2018.
  • 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 and Greenstone. For schools in Manitouwadge, call 1-888-294-6630.
 
  Grade 7 Vaccines High School
Geraldton 

Ecole St. Joseph - 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

BA Parker -  

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

St. Joseph School - 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 
Longlac 

Ecole Notre Dame de Fatima - 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

Our Lady of Fatima

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

Marjorie Mills Public School

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 
Manitouwadge

Our Lady of Lourdes 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 

 

Manitouwadge Public

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 
Marathon

Margaret Twomey Public

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

Holy Saviour

 

École Val des Bois

 

École Secondaire Cité-Supérieure

 

Marathon High School

Nakina

Nakina Public School

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

St. Brigid

 

N/A
Dorion, Nipigon & Red Rock

St. Edward - 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

St. Hilary - 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

George O'Neill Public - 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

 

Dorion Public - 

Menactra, Hepatitis B #1 and HPV #1

Hepatitis B #2 and HPV #2 – 

Nip-Rock - Red Rock
Schreiber & Terrace Bay

Schreiber Public 

 

Terrace Bay Public 

 

St. Martin's 

 

Holy Angels

Lake Superior - Terrace Bay

Current as of September 12, 2018

 

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

  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: 06/11/2018