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A Healthy Start to the School Year

For many of us September kicks off the 'other' New Year, identified by crowds of children heading off to school and new classes. With it comes a ‘To Do’ list that includes getting haircuts, knapsacks, lunch pails, and more importantly checking to make sure childhood immunizations are up to date.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is required under theImmunization of School Pupil's Act (ISPA) to collect and maintain up-to-date records of immunization for every child registered in school in Simcoe County and Muskoka District. The ISPA states that parents are required to provide the health unit with proof of completed immunization for the following diseases or with the appropriate documentation if they choose not to have their child immunized. This would include a Form 1 (Medical Exemption) or a Form 2 (Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit).

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningococcal (meningitis – added in 2014)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough – added in 2014)
  • Varicella (chickenpox – added in 2014)

You will be asked to provide an immunization history when registering your child at a school. Health unit staff works closely with all schools in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka to collect and review the information for more than 100,000 students.


What immunizations should your children have?

Please note that each time your child receives an immunization from your health care provider, you need to contact the health unit to provide us with this information so that your child’s immunization record can be updated in our database.

For details on how to report your child’s immunization to the health unit by secure on-line form, fax, mail or phone.  

Vaccines for Hepatitis B and Meningococcal conjugate ACWY are offered to students in Grade 7. This voluntary immunization program started in 1994 for Hepatitis B and 2009 for Men-C-ACWY. See Elementary School Program for more information.

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is offered to female students in grade 8. This is a voluntary program started in 2007 in Ontario. This vaccine is publicly funded only for grade 8 girls at this time. For more information on the HPV vaccine click here.  See Elementary School Program for more information.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit no longer offers immunization clinics in secondary schools. High school students require a booster for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap/Adacel™).  Two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine and a Meningococcal vaccine are also recommended.  See Secondary School Requirements for more information.

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Page Last Modified: Friday, 24 October 2014.