Immunizations and Vaccines
Vaccine changes - what's new?
Effective July 1, 2014, school-age children require proof of immunization against meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and for children born in 2010 or later - varicella (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 of Health and Long-Term Care'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. Child care centres have similar requirements.
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 with.
- Make sure that outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases are controlled.
- Educate health care providers in proper vaccine usage, storage and handling.
We supply your health care provider with many different vaccines provided by the Ministry of Health. This allows them to give you many vaccines free of charge.
Child Care Centres
CK Public Health is required by law (Child Care and Early Years Act 2014) to review the immunization records of all children in registered child care centers. All children attending registered child care centres are required to have proof of immunization or a valid exemption on file at the health unit. When registering your child in a new child care centre, fill out the Child Care Entry Form, bring it and a copy of their immunization record to the child care centre.
It is important to keep a record of your child’s shots. It is the parent's responsibility to let us know if your child gets a shot from anywhere besides the health unit. We do not receive immunization information from your health care provider or school.
To request your immunization record, please call us at 519.355.1071 ext. 5900.
To report your shots online, please complete the Online Reporting Form.