Vaccinating your children is the best way to keep them safe from many serious and potentially deadly diseases. You can help protect your children by keeping them fully vaccinated.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s health and well-being, including protecting them from vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Canadian Paediatric Society urges all children to receive routine vaccinations, an annual influenza (flu) vaccine, and be up to date with COVID 19 vaccination, unless there is a medical reason not to.
The diseases prevented by infant and childhood vaccines can be serious and even deadly.
Sadly, these diseases have not disappeared, and any child can be exposed to these infections. There is no treatment and no cure for diseases like measles, polio and tetanus. The most effective way to protect your child from these diseases is through vaccination.
Vaccines contain killed, weakened or synthetic versions of disease-causing germs, known as antigens. When a person receives a vaccine, their body develops antibodies and develops a “memory” of how to defeat that specific virus. Later, if the body is exposed to the same germ (or same virus), the immune system will recognize it and respond quickly to fight it off.
Most vaccines are highly effective in preventing diseases; however, no vaccine is 100% effective. If you do get a disease after being immunized, the vaccine will make it less likely that you become seriously ill.
Children may need multiple doses of a vaccine for optimal protection. For example, DTaP-IPV-Hib (Pediacel) is a combination vaccine which is generally given as 4 doses during the first 2 years of life.
Are there common side effects? Most children tolerate vaccines well.
These reactions are normal, as their bodies are working to develop an immune response. These mild side effects usually go away within a few days. You can give your child medication to help with the pain or to lower a fever. Check with your child's health care provider if you need advice about which medication to use.
Vaccines used in Canada are safe and effective. They are developed to meet the highest standards and are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness. On average, it takes about 10 years of research and development before a vaccine is considered for approval by Health Canada. Visit Immunize.ca to view a video on vaccine safety in Canada.
Yes, it is safe for your child’s immune system to handle multiple vaccines at once. Receiving multiple vaccines is safe and ensures the best protection for your child at the earliest age possible.
Vaccines are administered by your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, you can contact your local Porcupine Health Unit office to schedule an appointment.
Your child's health care provider may ask you a few questions about your child's health before vaccinating them. This is a great time to ask any questions you have about vaccines. If your child has had negative vaccination experiences, anxiety, or a serious reaction to a previous vaccination, be sure to tell the health care provider.
For a more comfortable vaccination experience, try the following strategies:
For more information about the vaccines you may need, contact us, your health care provider or visit the Health Canada website.
Procedure to submit either a Statement of Medical Exemption or Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief.
For residents in the PHU area in Northeastern Ontario. Residents in other regions should contact their local health unit.
Information regarding Ontario's Immunization of Schools Pupil Act (ISPA) and immunization requirements.
Immunizations are the best way to protect children from serious diseases and ensure that they stay healthy. Under the Immunization School Pupils Act (ISPA), all students enrolled in schools in Ontario must be fully immunized against nine designated diseases.