Immunizations and Vaccines
Vaccine changes are coming!
Effective July 1, 2014, school-age children will require proof of immunization against meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and for children born in 2010 or later - chickenpox, to attend school. This in addition to existing requirements for proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Children and teenagers who have received all recommended vaccines as per Ontario's immunization schedule will not require any further immunizations.
Is Your Child Up-To-Date?
Immunizations are safe, effective and benefit people of all ages. They protect individuals and communities by preventing the spread of disease. As more people are immunized, the risk of disease for everyone is reduced. To check what your child needs, please view the immunization schedules at the links below:
Please call us to verify if your child's immunizations are up-to-date at 519.355.1071 ext. 5900.
Please visit the Ministry's website for more details:
You never outgrow the need, from infancy to adulthood.
Immunization is not just for babies and children. The Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario shows what vaccines you and your child need throughout his/her lifetime. Immunizing your child is mandatory under the Immunization of School Pupils Act except for those exempted on medical or philosophical grounds. Daycares have a similar law.
We work to:
- Make sure your child attending school is properly immunized
- Help Chatham-Kent be properly immunized
- Ensure that people with a vaccine preventable disease (such as mumps) are followed up
- Make sure that outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases are controlled
- Educate health care providers in proper vaccine usage, storage and handling
We supply your doctor with many different vaccines provided by the Ministry of Health. Your doctor can give you many vaccines free of charge.
The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is required by law (The Day Nurseries Act) to review the immunization records of all children in registered daycare centers. It is law that all children attending registered daycares have proof of immunization or a valid exemption on file at the health unit.
It is important to keep a record of your and your child’s shots. You must let us know if your child gets a shot from anywhere besides the health unit. We do not receive immunization information from your doctor, nurse practitioner, school or clinic.
To request your immunization record, please call us.
To report an immunization, please contact us or complete the Online Reporting Form.