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For Youth in Schools

Last Edited/Reviewed: 11:09 a.m., February 8, 2021

Due to COVID19, the Gr. 7 immunization program will not take place in schools at this time. The three vaccines required for Gr 7 students protect against:

  • Meningitis (Meningococcal C-ACYW-135)
  • Hepatitis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Gr. 7 immunization appointments may be booked with family healthcare providers.   Please contact your healthcare provider directly for more information.

Immunization appointments for students without a healthcare provider can be booked through the Peterborough Virtual Care Clinic by calling 705-536-0882.

Documents for Parents:

Prevent Meningitis with Menactra®

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis can result in brain damage or having parts of the body cut off. Sometimes death can happen within a few hours.  Many people carry the meningococcal bacteria in their nose or throat without feeling sick. It is spread though the sharing of saliva. This can include kissing, coughing, or sharing things like food, drinks and lip balm.

Most Ontarians have received a meningococcal vaccine as an infant that protects against one type of bacteria. The Grade 7 vaccine is different as it protects against 4 types of bacteria.

This vaccine is required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

Prevent Liver Cancer with Energix®-B or Recombivax-HB®

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause damage, swelling or cancer of the liver. The virus can stay alive on things like razors and toothbrushes for up to one week. It is spread easily though the blood and body fluids of an infected person.

This vaccine is not required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, but highly recommended by the Medical Officer of Health.

Prevent Cancers with Gardasil 9®

What is Human papillomavirus or HPV?

HPV can cause genital warts and cancers (cervical, anal, genital, mouth and throat). It is estimated that 75% of sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection during their lifetime. Many people with HPV do not know they have the virus and can infect others. It is spread through skin-to-skin contact (kissing or touching) with the genital areas (penis, scrotum, vagina, vulva, and anus) of a person who has the infection.

This vaccine is not required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, but highly recommended by the Medical Officer of Health.

Vaccinations for 14-16 year olds

Most children are given their last Tetanus dose at age 4-6, this means that by the time your child reaches the age of 14-16 years, it is time for a booster dose. It is a single needle and provides protection for 10 years.

The Public Health Nurses at PPH do not hold school immunization clinics for this age group. This immunization can be given by your family physician or nurse practitioner. If you do not have a healthcare provider please contact one of the following.

For Children and Youth under 18 years of age without a healthcare provider:

  • Call the Peterborough Regional Health Centre POP Clinic (Paediatric Outpatient Program) at 705-740-8055 to book an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner.

For Youth and Adults without a healthcare provider:

  • Call the Peterborough Virtual Care Clinic at 705-536-0882 to book an appointment.

Vaccinations for 4-6 year olds

Most children between the ages of 4-6 years old are due for 2 booster shots. These two needles protect against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, tetanus, pertussis, and polio.

The Public Health Nurses at PPH do not hold school immunization clinics for this age group. This immunization can be given by your family physician or nurse practitioner. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call the Peterborough Regional Health Centre POP Clinic (Paediatric Outpatient Program) at 705-740-8055 to book an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner.