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School-based Immunization Clinics

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

In Grade 7

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.

Starting September 2016 all BOYS and GIRLS in Grade 7 can receive the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine for free.

Human Papilloma Virus vaccine: It is estimated that without immunization, three out of four sexually active Canadian 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.

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 8

If you have a daughter entering Grade 8 in 2016–2017, she will also be able to receive the HPV vaccine at school to ensure she doesn’t miss the opportunity to be immunized. Moving forward, the vaccine will only be provided in Grade 7.

In Grade 9 to 12

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.