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Immunization

Vaccine Recommendations by Age

Children and Youth

In the first few years of life, children are at risk of contracting serious diseases that can be prevented through vaccines. These diseases can cause very serious illness and even death.

As children continue to grow and enter childcare and school, having up-to-date immunizations helps ensure that they have the best protection possible against certain diseases that can be very serious or even fatal. It also helps reduce the risk of disease outbreaks in childcares and schools.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some youth may have missed their opportunity to receive some or all doses of recommended vaccines through the health unit's school-based immunization program in Grade 7. These vaccines include Hepatitis B (Hep B), Human Papillomavirus (HPV-9) and Meningitis (Men-C-ACYW135). Current students in Grades 7 to 12 are eligible for all three vaccines regardless of their age.

If you prefer to book over the phone, please call Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 (toll free) or 1-705-721-7520, available Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

First year vaccinations:

At 2 and 4 months old, babies should receive the following vaccines:

 

At 6 months old, babies should receive the following vaccines:

 

At 12 months old, babies should receive the following vaccines:

 

Note: We are required under the Child Care and Early Years Act to collect immunization records for infants and children attending child care in all licensed child care settings in Simcoe Muskoka. For more information visit our page Immunization Requirements for Attendance in Licensed Child Care Settings

 

Second year vaccinations:

At 15 months old, babies should receive the following vaccine:

 

At 18 months old, babies should receive the following vaccine:

 

At age 4:

 

Click here to learn more about immunization requirements for attending school in Ontario and how to report your child's immunization to the health unit.

 

Catching up, keeping up and staying on track with routine immunizations is easy with clinics offered at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit throughout the summer months.

For students in Grade 7:

 

To learn more about vaccines for Grade 7 click here.

Click here to learn more about immunization requirements for attending school in Ontario and how to report your child's immunization to the health unit.

Catching up, keeping up and staying on track with routine immunizations is easy with in-school catch up clinics available from April-June and clinics at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit throughout the summer months.

NEW: During the COVID-19 pandemic, some youth may have missed their opportunity to receive some or all doses of recommended vaccines through the health unit's school-based immunization program in Grade 7. These vaccines include Hepatitis B (Hep B), Human Papillomavirus (HPV-9) and Meningitis (Men-C-ACYW135). Current students in Grades 7 to 12 are eligible for all three vaccines regardless of their age.

For students in Grades 9 to 12:

 

Parents are required to provide the health unit with proof of completed immunization for each student.

Catching up, keeping up and staying on track with routine immunizations is easy with in-school catch up clinics available from April-June and clinics at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit throughout the summer months.

Click here to learn more about immunization requirements for attending school in Ontario and how to report your child's immunization to the health unit.

Routine Immunizations for Adults

As an adult, staying up to date with your vaccinations is important. Vaccines are safe and immunization is one of the easiest ways to protect your health as well as your family, friends and community. Some childhood vaccines don't provide us with lifelong immunity and therefore we need a booster to boost our immunity. Life events such as pregnancy and aging also are specific times to ensure your immunity is boosted.

There are other vaccines that may be recommended for you based on your age, medical history, occupation, lifestyle, immigration and/or other risks. Additionally, not all vaccines are publicly funded (free). Your health care provider may recommend vaccines that are not free, but they may be covered by extended health insurance. For more information, please see your health care provider or pharmacist.

As an adult your routine immunizations include:

 

Most vaccines are available through your health care provider who are familiar with your medical history and risks. Some vaccinations can also be available at your local pharmacy. If you do not have a health care provider or your health care provider does not provide certain vaccinations, you can book an appointment online at one of our health unit offices , or by calling Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 (toll free) or 1-705-721-7520, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Immunizations help to protect people against serious illness during pregnancy and also protect their baby's health during the first few months following birth.

Routine immunizations while pregnant are:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) - between 27 and 32 weeks of gestational age

 

Most vaccines are available through your health care provider who are familiar with your medical history and risks. Some vaccinations can also be available at your local pharmacy. If you do not have a health care provider or your health care provider does not provide certain vaccinations, you can book an appointment online at one of our health unit offices, or by calling Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 (toll free) or 1-705-721-7520, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There are additional vaccines recommended for older adults. As we age, our immune system weakens, and it can be more difficult to fight off infections. Routine immunizations strengthen your immunity against shingles and pneumonia and other illnesses like seasonal flu and COVID-19.

 

Most vaccines are available through your health care provider who are familiar with your medical history and risks. Some vaccinations can also be available at your local pharmacy. If you do not have a health care provider or your health care provider does not provide certain vaccinations, you can book an appointment online at one of our health unit offices, or by calling Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 (toll free) or 1-705-721-7520, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Travel

You may need vaccines when you travel outside Canada. These vaccines will be based on where you are going and what vaccines you already have.

SMDHU does not provide travel vaccines. Be sure to consult with your health care provider or a travel clinic two to three months before you travel. This should allow enough time to make sure the vaccines you need are available, and you receive all necessary doses of vaccines before you travel.

Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada to obtain more information and recommendations based on your travel destination and other tips while travelling.

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