Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your child. Immunizations prevent serious illness by helping the body make its own protection. They are really important for children who spend time in group settings like child cares.
Every immunized person helps make a healthier community. We know they are safe and they provide the best protection when given on schedule. Check out some immunization basics.
Getting My Child Immunized
Parents and guardians often wonder how to make the immunization experience as positive as possible for their children. Learn more about how to make immunization a positive experience for you and for your children.
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Child Care Immunizations
When parents/guardians enroll a child in a licensed child care centre, the operator of the centre will ask them to complete the Licensed Child Care Entry Immunization Questionnaire and provide a copy of the child’s immunization record to the child care. These forms are usually provided to parents by the child care.
In Ontario, the Child Care and Early Years Act states children in child care must be immunized according to the recommendation of the local Medical Officer of Health. This means that in Elgin County, children need to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B, pneumococcal disease, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, and varicella/chickenpox (only if the child has not already had chickenpox).
If children are not immunized for medical or personal reasons, an exemption is required. Find out more about Exemptions.
Under the Child Care and Early Years Act, Medical Officers of Health have to have an immunization record on file for children in licensed child care centres. Having a child’s record on file will also help Elgin St. Thomas Public Health find out who is at risk if there is an outbreak. If there is an outbreak, children who do not have proof of immunization or immunity may not be allowed at the child care centre until it is over or they are immunized.
The operator of a licensed child care centre forwards all immunization records and updates to Elgin St. Thomas Public Health. A Public Health Nurse meets yearly with licensed child care centre operators to review the immunization records for all children who are currently enrolled in the centre.
If a child is overdue for any immunizations, the Public Health Nurse will provide a letter to the operator of the child care centre to give to the parent/guardian. This letter lists which immunizations are overdue.
If the immunization has still not been completed by the date on the letter, your child may not be able to attend child care until the immunization is given.
If you received a notice for your child, it is because we do not have complete information for your child for one of the following reasons:
You have not reported your child’s complete immunization record to Elgin St. Thomas Public Health.
Your child is overdue for one or more immunizations.
- Contact your child’s doctor/health care provider to obtain immunization records or to make an appointment to receive the required immunization(s). Once you receive the information and/or your child is immunized, report your child’s vaccines to Public Health.
- You may also book at appointment at a Public Health Immunization Clinic.
You have chosen not to have your child vaccinated (for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons) but have not provided the appropriate forms to the health unit.
- Find out more about Exemptions.