Vaccinations of School-Age Children

In Canada, it is strongly advised that all parents vaccinate their children. The Government of Canada actively promotes vaccination and potential barriers to vaccinations are consistently being removed, including the need to schedule appointments, long wait times and requirements of referrals.

The routine for vaccinations differs across the provinces, but a child usually receives their full vaccination schedule between the ages of two months and six. The province of Ontario requires all children to be vaccinated, if they plan to attend school, and valid immunization records must be provided. Unvaccinated children may still be enrolled in Ontario schools, if the parents provide the school with a signed and notarized exemption form, which cites medical, conscience or religious reasons for non-vaccination. In Québec, Alberta and British Columbia, unvaccinated children are permitted to attend school, but in the case of an outbreak, they are removed from the school until the outbreak is over, as a precaution to their health and the health of those around them. It is advised that all Canadian children receive the following vaccinations:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Rotavirus
  • Pneumococcus
  • Influenza
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