The Perth District Health Unit conducts immunization clinics within schools across Perth County.
Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Disease
- The Perth District Health Unit offers vaccines to protect against two serious illnesses: hepatitis B and meningococcal disease (meningitis) to all grade 7 students.
- These two immunizations will be given by registered nurses at school during regular school hours.
- The first immunization being offered protects against Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a serious viral disease that affects the liver. This vaccine will be given twice, the first shot in September or October and the second in the spring of 2017.
- The meningococcal vaccine protects from meningococcal disease – a serious infection caused by a group of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis that attack the brain, spinal cord, and blood.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
The Human Papillomavirus vaccine called Gardasil provides protection against four of the most common types of Human Papillomavirus. These viruses can cause cancer of the vagina, vulva, penis, mouth and throat, as well as genital warts.
This will be the last year when girls in grade 8 will be offered Human Papillomaviru because in future years the vaccine will be offered only in grade 7.
Beginning in the 2016 to 2017 school year, Human Papillomavirus vaccine is free for all girls and boys in grade 7. The Human Papillomavirus vaccine will be given by registered nurses at school during regular school hours.
A tetanus-diphtheria and pertussis vaccine is needed ten years after the ‘kindergarten booster in order to provide on-going protection against these three diseases.
The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires students to have a tetanus-diphtheria booster in order to attend school. Families who choose not to protect their child with this vaccine are required to have a properly commissioned exemption on file.
High school students are able to consent for themselves, but parents are encouraged to discuss this immunization with their child and take advantage of the opportunity to get this vaccine at their school. For information about consent, refer on-line to e-laws and search “ Health Care Consent Act”.
Report an Immunization
You can report immunizations to the Health Unit online through Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON), a secure web portal, using a health card. You can also attach a photo or scan of proof of vaccination.
You can also report immunizations to the Health Unit by:
- Email: Scan or take a picture of your immunization record and email it (if you do not receive an auto response that we received the email, please call the Health Unit).
- Confidential fax: Ask your doctor’s office to fax a copy to the Health Unit or fax a copy yourself to 519-271-2785.
- In person: Bring your child’s yellow card to the Health Unit at 653 West Gore Street, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 1L4; Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- Phone: Leave the information on a voice mail (24 hours, seven days a week). Call 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 555.
Email correspondence is not secure. If the information you wish to send is of a private and personal nature, you may not wish to use this means of communication.