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Immunization Requirements for Schools

Every student must have a complete immunization record on file with the Porcupine Health Unit in order to attend school. The Porcupine Health Unit is required by the Immunization of School Pupil’s Act RR.O 1990 Reg. 645 to ensure that a child attending school in the Porcupine Health Unit area is fully immunized.

To fulfill this requirement, the Porcupine Health Unit:

  • maintains immunization records on every student attending school in the Porcupine Health Unit area;
  • reviews student records annually to ensure that each student’s vaccinations are up-to-date;
  • sends out letters asking for any missing information or reminding parents to update mandatory immunization as required;
  • issues suspension notice from the school until the required immunization is received. (Exceptions to this are permitted only if the parents have submitted either a medical or a statement of conscience or religious belief affidavit that prohibits vaccination)

In addition to the above services, we offer other school-based immunization programs such as:

Hepatitis B Program

Hepatitis B vaccine is offered to all Grade 7 students. The schedule for the series consists of two doses. The first dose will be given between October and December. The second dose follows four to six month after the first dose.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Program

HPV vaccine is offered to all Grade 7 students. The schedule for the series consists of two doses. The first dose is given between October and December. The second dose follows six months after the first dose.

Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules for Ontario available for download. (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)