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Immunization Requirements for Children Attending School

Ontario's Immunization of Schools Pupil Act (ISPA) requires parents of children attending primary or secondary school to provide their local health unit with proof of their children's immunization against specific diseases.

Vaccines currently required for school attendance include: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal disease, Pertussis (whooping cough), and Varicella.

The Porcupine Health Unit's role includes the following:

  • maintain immunization records on every student attending school in the Porcupine Health Unit area;
  • review student records annually to ensure that each student's vaccinations are up-to-date;
  • mail out letters requesting any missing information, or reminding parents to update mandatory immunization as required;
  • issue suspension notices from the school until the required immunization is received or an exemption is provided.