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Immunization

Background

Immunization protects us from many harmful diseases that once devastated our communities, our country and our world. Germs that cause disease travel easily throughout the world; disease has no boundaries and may only be a plane ride away.  Germs that cause disease are easily spread person to person and can live on surfaces such as taps, counter tops, door handles and skin for several hours, even days.

Curriculum Supports

  • Germs Colouring Pages (PDF) – Suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3. These free downloadable colouring sheets contain a different germ to colour on each page and can be used to support educating students under the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Healthy Living curriculum surrounding healthy choices and encouraging healthy habits to prevent the risk of disease.
  • Hepatitis B Student Activities (PDF) – For Grade 7. These activities (including a wordsearch, crossword, and student worksheet) can be printed and given to students as an in-class or take-home assignment to support learning related to immunization and promote informed decision-making related to student participation in school immunization clinics. Answer sheets (PDF) have also been provided.
  • Meningitis Student Activities (PDF) – For Grade 7. This wordsearch activity can be printed and given to students as an in-class or take-home assignment to support learning related to immunization and promote informed decision-making related to student participation in school immunization clinics. An answer sheet (PDF) has also been provided.
  • HPV Student Activities (PDF) – For Grade 7. This wordsearch activity can be printed and given to students as an in-class or take-home assignment to support learning related to immunization and promote informed decision-making related to student participation in school immunization clinics. An answer sheet (PDF) has also been provided.

SMDHU Programs

The health unit offers a variety of services to support student health and immunization, including Grade 7 immunization clinics in elementary schools, review of student immunization records and after-school immunization clinics held at health unit locations across Simcoe Muskoka.

In addition to these immunization services, the health unit also offers a variety of programs and services for elementary schools (PDF), covering a wide range of health-related topics.

Additional Resources

  • Grade 7 – Hepatitis B and Meningococcal C ACWY  and Human Papilloma Virus videos, fact sheets
  • Ontario's HPV Immunization Program – This website contains information from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care related to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the HPV vaccine.
  • Immunize Canada – This website contains information related to immunization, vaccine safety, and vaccine preventable diseases in Canada.

Visit the immunization section of the health unit’s website for more information related to vaccine safety, health unit immunization services, student immunization records and reporting vaccinations to the health unit, suspension information and more.

Are you concerned about a student and/or would like additional information related to counselling or community supports? Find out where to get help.

 

2010 Grade 6 Immunization Poster Contest Winner - Allandale Heights, Barrie

 

Staff at the health unit are currently reviewing recommended lesson plans and curriculum supports for educators to align with Ontario’s 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Please use your discretion in determining which lesson plans and curriculum supports to use in your classroom. Updated and new resources will be posted online as available. 

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