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 and sometimes fatal. In Ontario, children can receive vaccines against most childhood diseases free of charge.
Usually, children are immunized at an early age. However, between the ages of 14 and 16, they will need a booster for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. In Grade 7, children will be able to receive the hepatitis B and meningitis vaccines free of charge at their school. Girls in Grade 8 can receive the HPV vaccine free of charge at their school.
You need to inform the Eastern Ontario Health Unit every time your child receives a new vaccine.
For more information, or to notify the Health Unit that your child has received a vaccine, call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for the Health Line.
Immunization Clinics : You can get routine vaccines for children at the weekly Immunization Clinics.
Adacel TM Vaccine (Healthful)
Common Cold vs. Influenza (Flu) - Healthful
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) (Healthful)
H1N1: Avoiding the Spread of Infection (Healthful)
Handwashing: Infection Prevention - Healthful
Meningococcal Meningitis (Healthful)
Tips for Preventing the Spread of Infection at Home (Healthful)
What Is Scabies? (Healthful)
Canadian Paediatric Society
Immunization Schedule for Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ticks and Lyme Disease