Vaccinations required to attend school
The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires all school-aged children (4 to 17) in Ontario to have proof of immunization against the diseases listed below. Parents and guardians are also required to report their child’s vaccinations to the Health Unit.
- meningococcal disease (meningitis)
- pertussis (whooping cough)
- varicella (chickenpox)
Children who follow the routine childhood immunization schedule (Government of Ontario) will receive all the vaccines needed at the right time to attend school. Students who do not have up-to-date vaccinations and records on file with the Health Unit could be suspended from school until both are updated.
School Based Immunization Program
Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ nurses provide the Meningococcal, Hepatitis B, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines in school-based immunization clinics for students in Grade 7. Immunization clinics are held two or three times during the school year (depending on the size of the school).
Students require consent from a parent or guardian to receive these immunizations at school. Consent forms are sent home through your child’s school in early September. Please sign and return your child’s consent forms to the school within one week.
Students who miss their opportunity to get the vaccine in Grade 7 will be offered the vaccine again in Grade 8 or by visiting Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ immunization clinic. If your child did not receive a copy of these consent forms, please download them here:
You have several options to report your child’s vaccinations.
If your child requires an exemption from vaccination for medical, religious, or conscientious reasons, you must submit a form.
This item was last modified on May 15, 2019