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Catch-Up Immunization Clinics for Students in Grades 7-12 (Born in 2004-2009)

Students overdue on completing their vaccine series for one or more of the school based vaccines: Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) or Meningococcal Disease have been notified via mail by the Health Unit. The Meningococcal vaccine is a required vaccine to attend school in Ontario according to the Immunization of School Pupils Act- 1990. Students are encouraged to attend a catch-up clinic hosted by the Health Unit, or contact their healthcare provider to start or complete their vaccine series prior to the 2022/2023 school year to avoid any future suspensions.

Catch-Up Immunization Clinics for All Eligible Students:

Catch-up immunization clinics are being held across each municipality over the next several months. Available clinic locations, dates, and times will be available on the booking website at wechu.org/getimmunized and will continue to be updated as locations are confirmed. Appointments can also be booked by phone: 519-258-2146 ext. 4500.

Student Immunization Records:

If your child receives their vaccinations through a healthcare provider, it is recommended to download and print the child’s immunization record from immune.wechu.org or call the Health Unit and bring it to the appointment. After receiving the immunization(s) remember to report and update your child’s immunization record online to ensure that we have the most up to date information. 

For any questions or concerns, contact us at (519) 258-2146 ext. 1222 or e-mail us at csh@wechu.org.

The vaccinations that public health provides for free will protect your school-aged child against the following diseases:

The Meningococcal disease vaccine is a required vaccine according to the Immunization of School Pupil’s Act (1990.

The Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are highly recommended.

Please take the time to review the Parent/Guardian Information Letter, School Immunization Fact Sheet, and School Immunization Consent Form sent home from your child’s school.

For School Administrators:

The following documents can be downloaded and printed for families of Grade 7 and 8 students that are not able to complete the consent form online.

If you require assistance with these forms, please call the Healthy Schools Help Desk at 519-258-2146, ext. 1222.

For further information on individual vaccines, please visit the Immunize Canada website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 645, students must be immunized against meningococcal, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and varicella (for those born on or after January 1, 2010) or have a valid Medical, or Conscience or Religious Belief exemption on file at the Health Unit.

Non-Medical Conscience or Religious Belief exemption package:

A parent/guardian who is requesting a non-medical conscience or religious belief exemption for their child attending a school in Windsor-Essex County must complete an online education session.

Complete the ISPA Non-Medical Conscience or Religious Belief Exemption Education Session.

If you have any trouble accessing or completing this education course, contact the Healthy Schools department at 519-258-2146 ext. 1222 for assistance.

Medical Exemption:

Contact our Healthy Schools department at 519-258-2146 ext. 1222 to request a Medical Exemption package to bring to your doctor or nurse practitioner. If your child cannot be immunized due to medical reasons, speak to your doctor or nurse practitioner about completing the Statement of Medical Exemption.

The original exemption form must be:
  • Completed by your doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • The original must be returned to the Health Unit.

Please see the following table of vaccines and eligibility criteria. Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) can also view their child’s online immunization record (the child’s health card number will be required to login) or call 519-258-2146 ext. 1222.

Vaccine

Total Number of Doses

Eligibility

Duration of Eligibility

Meningococcal

 

1 Dose

Students born in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009

Mandatory in grade 7, but students are eligible until the end of grade 12.

Human Papillomavirus

2 Doses

Students born in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009

*Due to COVID-19, eligibility extended to girls born in 2002 & 2003

Until the end of grade 12.

*Girls born in 2002 & 2003 remain eligible until August 31, 2022.

Hepatitis B

2 Doses

Students born in 2008 & 2009

*Due to COVID-19, eligibility extended to students born in 2006 & 2007

Until the end of grade 8 (August 31st, 2022).

*Students born in 2006 & 2007 remain eligible until August 31, 2022.

If you are unsure about which vaccinations they have received, talk to your health care provider to get their vaccination schedule on track.  If your child has special medical conditions or other high risk factors, they may need additional vaccines. Talk to your health care provider about other recommended vaccines.  After 6 months of age, they should also get the flu vaccine every fall.

Please refer to: https://www.ontario.ca/page/vaccines

When you contact your healthcare provider to request either the Meningococcal, HPV, or Hepatitis B vaccine, they will order it directly from the Health Unit specifying the name of the patient they are ordering it for. You do not need to make another appointment at the catch-up clinic, please attend the appointment you have made with your healthcare provider. Any appointment made at the catch-up clinic will be cancelled if we have a record of your Healthcare Provider ordering the vaccine for your child.

Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) are responsible for updating the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) every time their child receives immunizations from their healthcare provider. The healthcare provider is not required to send this information to the Health Unit.

Ways to Obtain/Report Updated Immunization Information to The WECHU

Secure Online Reporting


By Phone

519-960-0231

1-800-265-5822 ext. 1222 (toll-free)


By Fax

519-258-7288


If the WECHU does not have an up-to date immunization record or a valid medical / non-medical exemption on file, the student will receive a Notice of Incomplete Immunization Record.