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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. There are some exceptions.

Vaccination Requirements

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. If your child is under 6 years of age, you can also use this Immunization Tool.

As a parent, you can decide if your child should get vaccinated. You can talk to your doctor or a community health professional about the benefits and risks of vaccinating your children.

If your child did not receive certain vaccinations, they will not be allowed to go to school. There are some exceptions. For example, you may decide not to immunize your child for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. You can find more information and to obtain an exemption contact your health care provider or local public health unit.

Most of 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).

Immunization Records

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 an important 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 Canadian Immunization Awareness Program 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 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Last Updated: April 21, 2014
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