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School Entry and Immunization

For children attending school in Ontario, a written immunization record or proof of immunization is required, by law, for diphtheria, tetanus, polio,measles, mumps and rubella unless there is a valid written exemption.  Parents/guardians are required to provide this information to t heir local pubic health unit, and to update the information as necessary.

You may decide because of medical, religious or philosophical reasons not to immunize your child.  In this case, you will need to provide a valid written exemption to your local public health unit.  If the disease appears in your child’s school, your child may have to stay out of school until the disease is no longer present.

For children 4 to 6 years old:

Around the time that your child starts school, they will require their “4-6″ year booster” and a vaccine called MMRV.  The 4-6 year shot boosts their protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio (Tdap-IPV).  MMRV vaccine boosts their protection against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox).

If your child has already received their 2nd dose of MMR vaccine before 4-6 years of age, they will receive a second dose of chickenpox only vaccine, if they have not had chickenpox disease.

If your child has already had chickenpox disease by the time their 2nd dose is to be given, they will only require MMR vaccine if they have not already had 2 doses after their 1st birthday.

For children 14 to 16 years old:

Between the ages of 14 and 16 years, your child will need a booster for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap).

These immunizations can be received through your family physician at The Centre for Family Medicine.  Please call The Centre to arrange for an appointment.