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What immunizations does my child need?
Your children will not be allowed to go to school or daycare in Ontario if they have not received certain vaccinations.
Your child will receive immunizations, from their health care provider, according to a schedule recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. You can review the current Schedules of Publicly-Funded Immunizations [PDF] to find out which vaccines are recommended for your child based on their age. You can also find a summary of the schedule on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Facebook page. If your child is under 6 years of age, you can also use this Immunization Tool.
If you have questions about vaccinating your child or the schedule of vaccines, you can
talk to your doctor or a community health professional about the benefits and
risks of vaccines.
All children between the ages of 4 and 17 must receive
certain vaccinations [PDF] or they will not be allowed to go to school in Ontario. There are some exceptions. You can find more information and to obtain an exemption contact your health care provider or local public health unit.
These vaccines are free of charge to residents of Ontario with OHIP coverage. Some public health units give vaccines for free, even if you do not have a Health Card (OHIP).
In Ontario, the immunization record is a folded yellow piece of paper, the size of a credit card. Your immunization record or "yellow card" lists all vaccinations you have received in Canada.
A complete and up-to-date immunization record is a required document. In addition to registering your child for school or daycare, you might also need it when your child needs emergency treatment or when you register your child for summer camp or other children's programs.
If your children were not immunized when they were infants, visit the Immunize Canada website for information about getting vaccinated now.
Many community agencies can help you with immunizing your child for school. To find help in your area, go to Services Near Me.
For More Information
- Ontario Immunization Program - Information about different the vaccines and immunization schedules available in Ontario. From the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Immunization Information and Schedule - Useful information from Toronto Public Health. On this site, you can also find the date, time and location of immunization clinics in Toronto. You do not need a Health Card (OHIP) for these clinics.
- Immunization Fact Sheets - Information about different immunizations. From the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Community Health Centres (CHCs) - A list of Community Health Centres across Ontario. From Association of Ontario Health Centres.
May 12, 2016