Grade 8 Immunization Program - Voluntary
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is offered to female students in grade 8. This voluntary immunization program started in 2007 in Ontario. This vaccine is now publicly funded for girls born after 1994 that were once eligible through the grade 8 school immunization program.
In the fall, a consent form and fact sheet for the HPV vaccine will be sent home with all grade 8 girls. The consent form must be signed by the parent/guardian indicating that they are aware the vaccine is going to be offered to the student. The student must also sign the consent form indicating whether or not they consent to the vaccine(s) and must return the consent form (regardless of decision) to the school prior to clinic day.
HPV vaccine is most effective if provided before individuals become sexually active. The HPV vaccine not only reduces the risk of genital warts but it is an investment in individual health and cancer prevention.
The HPV vaccine is also approved for females aged 9 to 45 and for males aged 9-26 for a fee of approximately $135.00 a dose (3 dose series). For those who do not qualify for the publicly funded (free) program including males, some health plans may cover the cost of the vaccine. To determine if this vaccine is covered by your drug plan, contact your provider, and inquire about DIN: 02283190. The vaccine can be purchased by prescription through your health care provider or by appointment at a local public health unit.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine:
- Consent Forms
- Fact Sheets
- Additional links for HPV
Page Last Modified: Thursday, 03 October 2013.