Public Health Departments are required by law to keep immunization records of all school-aged children. The review of immunization records is a routine process mandated by the Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1990. Under the Act, students under the age of 18 must provide proof of up-to-date immunization against: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. The Act also requires Public Health Departments to issue orders to suspend children whose records are incomplete.
The school collects and forwards immunization records to the Public Health Department only at the time of initial registration to school. After registration, you are responsible to update your child's immunization record with the Public Health Department each time your child is vaccinated. As your child gets older, there are additional doses of vaccine required for them to be completely immunized for their age. Also at registration to school, the information you provided may not have included all the infant doses and booster doses, and these are required for your child's immunization record to be complete.
Your doctor does not report your child's immunizations to the Public Health Department. Your child may have received all the routine immunizations; but the Public Health Department may not have all the updated immunization information for your child. It is important that you notify the Public Health Department every time your child is immunized.
If your child has been immunized outside of Ontario or Canada, additional immunizations may be needed to meet the requirements in this Province.
If you do not wish your child to be immunized for medical, or religious, or sincerely held beliefs, you may request an exemption from the Public Health Department. Your physician or registered nurse in the extended class must complete the medical documents. A lawyer, justice of the peace, or notary public must complete the legal documents (affidavit) as required for your exemption request. To be exempted, you must return all these completed documents to the Public Health Department.
In case of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease, students who have not been immunized for the above reasons may be excluded from school.
Vaccinations against these diseases are free, and your family doctor should not charge you for providing updated immunization records to avoid suspension from school.
For more information, please contact your family doctor or the Public Health Department: