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School-based Immunization Clinics

Immunizations are the best way to protect children from serious diseases and ensure that our children stay healthy.

The Porcupine Health Unit offers school-based immunization clinics for Grade 7 to 12 students.

Grade 7 Program

Every fall, a nurse from the Porcupine Health Unit will go into schools to offer Grade 7 immunizations. As part of our school program, all Grade 7 students—boys and girls, are offered immunizations against Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Meningococcal disease at no cost.

Hepatitis B and HPV are optional vaccines and not mandatory for school attendance; however, the vaccine that protects against meningococcal disease is mandatory for school attendance. You (parent/legal guardian) should watch for consent forms to come home from your child’s school and return this form after it has been reviewed and signed.

The Porcupine Health Unit will host an immunization clinic at school.

  • Only the students of whom we received consent from will be immunized.
  • The vaccines will be given in the upper arms.
  • On clinic days, students should wear clothes that will allow easy access to the upper arm area.
  • The nurse will ask your child some questions about his or her health prior to immunization.
  • The student will receive an immunization notification card to advise you of the vaccine(s) received during the clinic.
  • If a student is absent on that day, the nurses from the Porcupine Health Unit will return to the school on another day for a catch-up clinic or will contact you to make other arrangements.

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. It is one of the most common causes of liver cancer around the world.

Hepatitis B vaccine: The hepatitis B vaccine is between 95 per cent and 100 per cent effective when children receive 2 doses. The first one is given in the fall and the second dose four to six months later.

Human Papilloma Virus vaccine: It is estimated that without immunization, three out of four sexually-active Canadians will get HPV in their lifetime. HPV can cause cervical or penile cancer as well as other cancers and genital warts in men and women. It is important to vaccinate your son or daughter well before they engage in sexual activity and are potentially exposed to HPV.

Human Papilloma Virus vaccine: Starting September 2017, Gardasil 9 vaccine will be offered to boys and girls in Grade 7 as part of our routine school-based immunization program. The HPV vaccine protects against 9 different types of HPV which can cause different types of cancers and genital warts.

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection. Without treatment, children who get it may die or have long-term disabilities such as brain injury, loss of limbs or deafness.

Meningococcal vaccine: In Ontario, children receive a meningococcal vaccine at age one and again in Grade 7. These meningococcal vaccines are required for children to attend school in Ontario, unless they have a valid exemption.

In Grade 9 to 12 Program

High school clinics are offered once a year. Under the Immunization School Pupils Act (ISPA), the public health nurse will assess the immunization record of each student. If a student is not up-to-date with their immunizations, they will be offered the immunization at their school clinic. Letters with consents are sent home to parents before the clinic. Failure to receive vaccines under the ISPA can lead to your child being suspended from school.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding our school program or immunizations, please call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181.