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Immunization

Immunizations, also called vaccinations, needles or shots, are a safe and effective way to prevent many serious diseases.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit offers immunization services to people of all ages living in Renfrew County and District.

Immunization is a simple, effective way to protect your child against infectious diseases. Routine immunization begins at two months of age and continues throughout life according to Ontario’s routine immunization schedule

All of the routine vaccines are free and are available at Renfrew County and District Health Unit’s immunization clinics, or from your family physician.

Bring your child’s immunization record (yellow card) when getting an immunization. Your health care provider will update the card. It is the parent’s responsibility to report immunizations to the Health Unit. Call 613-735-8653 or 1-800-267-1097.

Keep the yellow card in a safe place. This record may be needed when:

  • entering day care or school
  • travelling
  • attending camp
  • visiting an emergency department or clinic

Providing Immunization information for attending licensed day care and school

At registration for school, the parent or guardian completes an Immunization Program questionnaire and provides a copy of the student’s immunization record.

Some schools send this information to the Health Unit, and other schools ask parents to mail or fax these documents to the Health Unit:

Renfrew County and District Health Unit
7 International Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5
Fax: 613-735-3067

The documents can also be brought to a Health Unit office during business hours.

Routine immunizations are required for attendance at licensed day care and school unless there is a valid written exemption. To be exempted, one of the following must be provided to Renfrew County and District Health Unit:

For attending school:

For attending licensed child care:

Call Renfrew County and District Health Unit at 613-735-8653 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 547 for more information about exemptions from immunization.

As a parent, keeping your children safe and healthy is your number one priority. All children attending school between the ages of 4 to 17 need to be immunized according to Ontario’s immunization schedule. Immunization protects children from many serious diseases that are easily spread in schools.

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, children need to have proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, whooping cough. Children born in 2010 or later are required to show proof of immunization against chicken pox. Children who are not fully immunized or do not have a valid exemption may not be allowed to attend school.

To ensure that all children have proof of the required vaccines, Renfrew County and District Health Unit reviews immunization records for each child who attends school on an annual basis.  All students who do not meet the minimum requirements will receive a letter requesting the required immunization information.  If your child receives a letter, call Renfrew County and District Health Unit 613-735-8653 extension 542 or submit immunization information by fax 613-735-3067 or by mail to the address below.

The Health Unit offers community immunization clinics for students who are missing the required vaccines. To book an appointment call 613-735-8653 extension 597.

Exemptions from immunization

Immunizations are required for attendance at school unless there is a valid written exemption. To be exempted, one of the following must be provided to Renfrew County and District Health Unit:

Call Renfrew County and District Health Unit at 613-735-8653 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 513 for more information about exemptions from immunization.

Process for approving immunization information

At registration for school, the parent or guardian completes an Immunization Program questionnaire and provides a copy of the student’s immunization record.

Some schools send this information to the Health Unit, and other schools ask parents to mail or fax these documents to the Health Unit:

Renfrew County and District Health Unit
7 International Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5
Fax: 613-735-3067

The documents can also be brought to a Health Unit office during business hours.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit provides immunizations in schools for grade 7 and 8 students.

Grade 7 students are immunized against Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Beginning in September 2016, all boys and girls in Grade 7, and Grade 8 females can receive the HPV vaccine for free. Hepatitis B and HPV are voluntary vaccines. Meningococcal vaccine is required for students to attend school in Ontario.

Public Health Nurses provide these immunizations in schools on the dates shown in 2016-2017 School Immunization Dates If your child is not at school the day of the clinic, please call the Health Info Line: 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 666 to book an appointment at one of our immunization clinics.

School Immunization Dates, Fact sheets and consent forms listed below are available at: http://www.rcdhu.com/Pages/InfectiousDiseases/immunization-schools.html

Hepatitis B Fact Sheet (PDF)

Meningococcal Fact Sheet (PDF)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Fact Sheet (PDF)

Consent Form (PDF)

When travelling outside of Canada, you may be at increased risk for illnesses and diseases that can be prevented by vaccines and/or other medications. Each destination is unique and may have required and/or recommended vaccines and medications.

You should consult a health care provider six to eight weeks before you travel. Call our Health Information Line at 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension for more information.

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TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

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TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000