Ontario's Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires parents of children attending elementary and secondary school provide their local health unit with proof of their child's immunization against the following designate diseases:
- meningococcal disease
- whooping cough (pertussis)
- chickenpox (only applies to kids born on or after 2010)
All the vaccines needed for school are free. Make an appointment with your health care provider if your child needs any of the above vaccines. It is the parent's responsibility to update their child's immunization record or provide a valid exemption form to Toronto Public Health. Students without the required vaccines, will receive a letter from us, asking for updated immunization information. To avoid school suspension, please update your child's record with us every time your child receives a vaccination or booster.
To support easier reporting, we offer:
- interpreter services
- free translation of foreign immunization records
- free immunization clinics for students without a health card or family doctor
For more information on the new requirements, refer to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Website.
For parents who choose not to immunize their child for medical, religious or philosophical reasons, please call us for an exemption form.