What is the Grade 7 Immunization Program?
Every year grade 7 students are offered 3 vaccines through the school immunization program. Students can get Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus, and Meningococcal vaccines. Meningococcal vaccine is required for attending school while Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus are not required but recommended to protect children from these diseases. To learn more about each of these diseases and their vaccines, click the links at the bottom to this page.
How can my child get vaccinated with Grade 7 vaccines?
In early September, Grade 7 students will be given an information package and a Vaccine Consent Form to bring home from school. Parents/guardians should read the information booklet and return the completed consent form to the school as soon as possible.
What can I do if my child misses the vaccine at school?
Immunizations provide the best protection when doses are given as scheduled; therefore, you should arrange to have your child vaccinated as soon as possible. You can bring your child to an immunization clinic to get the vaccine series at the health unit. If your child is offered the vaccines in Grade 7 but doesn’t get them, they can still be given until the end of high school.
Can my child receive Grade 7 vaccines at my doctor or nurse practitioner’s office?
Hepatitis B, HPV, and meningococcal vaccines are available through school clinics or at immunization clinics at public health. These vaccines can also be requested from public health by health care providers for students who prefer to be immunized there.
Can my child provide his/her own consent to get immunized?
In Ontario, consent for medical procedures is based on a client’s understanding of the situation, not the client’s age. It is strongly recommended that parents talk to their children about immunization decisions. Parental consent is preferred for elementary school students but not always required.
If a student wants to be immunized and a parent has not provided consent, the nurse will have a careful and thorough conversation with the student. Students must show that they are able to understand information about the disease and the vaccine, and are able to weigh the risks and benefits of vaccination. If a student has demonstrated understanding and still wants the vaccine, the nurse will immunize the student.
What should I do if my child has a reaction to a vaccine?
When students are immunized at school, they are given an “After Care” sheet that lists some common side effects to vaccines. The most common reactions to immunization are pain, redness, and swelling where the vaccine was given. Some children feel lightheaded and a little dizzy afterwards because they have been worried about getting needles.
If you think your child has had a reaction to a vaccine, call your healthcare provider. Allergic reactions like spreading hives (blotchy red raised areas), wheezing, or swelling of the face and mouth are extremely rare. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Learn more about vaccine safety and possible side effects.