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Your Child’s Immunization Record

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to keep children healthy. Diseases are easily spread among children and can cause serious illness and complications. Schools are places in which infectious diseases are commonly spread. Vaccines work by triggering a natural response in the body to fight off disease. It is important for children of this age to be up-to-date with their vaccinations.
All health units in Ontario are responsible for ensuring that children who attend school are immunized according to the Immunization of School Pupils Act.
Public health nurses review all students’ immunization records. If your child is missing any requirements, you will receive notification by letter. Your child could be suspended from school if their immunizations are not up-to-date, or if their immunization records are incomplete.

Let’s work together to keep our children healthy and our schools disease-free.

For more information on Ontario’s immunization schedule visit Ontario.ca/vaccines

Immunization Reporting

Parents are responsible for providing their local health unit with up-to-date vaccination information. Your healthcare provider does not report these records for you.

Five ways to let us know:

1.      Email: immunize@timiskaminghu.com
2.      Phone: your local Timiskaming Health Unit and ask to speak to a school nurse 
3.      Fax: 705-648-6305
4.      Mail to: Timiskaming Health Unit P.O. Box 1090, New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0
5.      In person: at your local health unit – click here for addresses

Consider using the free app from immunize.ca as a tool to help you keep track of and share your child’s immunization record.  Read this questionnaire for more information.

 

Vaccine Exemption

If you choose not to immunize your child for medical, religious or philosophical reasons, you must submit either a Statement of Medical Exemption or a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief. For more information on exemptions and to access the appropriate forms, please click here

School-based Immunization Clinics

In Ontario, many vaccines are offered to students free of charge. For more information on school-based immunization, please click here.  

Questions?

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Immunization 
Public Health Agency of Canada Immunization and Vaccines
Immunize Canada www.immunize.ca 
Timiskaming Health Unit: contact a School Public Health Nurse.