The Perth District Health Unit conducts immunization clinics within schools across Perth County.
Hepatitis B, Meningococcal (Menactra), and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines
- The Perth District Health Unit offers immunizations to protect against three serious illnesses: hepatitis B, meningococcal disease (meningitis), and Human Papillomavirus (HPV), to all grade 7 students. These vaccines are free.
- These three immunizations are safe to receive at the time and will be given by registered nurses at school during regular school hours.
- Consent forms will be sent home with your student in September from the school.
- 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 immunization will be given in September or October 2019, and the second in the spring of 2020.
- The second vaccine, called Menactra, protects against meningococcal disease – a serious bacterial infection of the blood and organs, or lining of the brain and spinal cord. This vaccine is a single dose provided in September or October 2019 and is a requirement for school attendance under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Families who choose not to protect their child with this vaccine are required to attend an exemption counselling session at the Health Unit, and have a properly commissioned affidavit on file.
- The third vaccine, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (also known as Gardasil), provides protection against nine of the most common types of Human Papillomavirus. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses that can cause cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, mouth, and throat, as well as genital warts. This vaccine will also be given twice, the first dose in September or October 2019, and the second dose in the spring of 2020.
- If your child missed these vaccines when they were in grade 7 (or 8), call the Perth District Health Unit to see if they qualify for the publicly funded vaccines.
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-pertussis booster in order to attend school. Families who choose not to protect their child with this vaccine are required to attend an exemption counselling session at the Health Unit, and have a properly commissioned affidavit on file.
Secondary 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.