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  Immunization and Childhood Diseases

Children are more at risk of contracting communicable diseases because of their age, their personal hygiene and because of close contact with other children.  Some childhood diseases can be very dangerous to children and sometimes fatal.  In Ontario, children can receive vaccines against most childhood diseases free of charge.

Immunization Requirements for Children Enrolled in Schools and Daycares

Having up-to-date immunizations helps protect your child from vaccine-preventable diseases, and also helps reduce the risk of disease outbreaks in your child’s school or daycare.

Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act and Child Care and Early Years Act require parents to provide proof of immunization or appropriate exemption documents if their child is enrolled in school or a licensed daycare.  It also requires the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) to review immunization records and contact parents of children for whom they do not have complete records. Children whose records are not complete may be suspended from school or daycare until their immunization records are complete.

To keep your child’s immunization record up to date, you are responsible for informing the EOHU every time your child receives a vaccine. Your healthcare provider does not provide this information. If you aren’t sure whether your child’s immunization record is up to date, the EOHU can review your child’s record with you.

To report that your child has received a vaccine, or to find out whether your child’s immunization record is up to date, call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.

Childhood Diseases

Immunization Clinics: You can get routine vaccines for children at the weekly Immunization Clinics.

Watch Me Grow: Watch Me Grow is a drop-in centre for parents of 0 to 5 year olds.

Adacel TM Vaccine (Healthful)

Common Cold vs. Influenza (Flu) - Healthful

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) (Healthful)

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (Healthful)

Handwashing: Infection Prevention - Healthful

Hepatitis A (Healthful)

Hepatitis B (Healthful)

Influenza: Avoiding the Spread (Healthful)

Measles (Healthful)

Mumps (Healthful)

Ringworm (Healthful)

Rubella (German Measles) (Healthful)

Tips for Preventing the Spread of Infection at Home (Healthful)

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

What Is Scabies? (Healthful)

Canadian Paediatric Society

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care / Immunization


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