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Grade 7 School-based Vaccinations

Peterborough Public Health will be visiting your child’s school to provide free vaccinations to Grade 7 students. The three vaccines protect against are:

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

 

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.

 

School Immunization Clinics

More information coming soon!

Documents for Parents:

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 visit our PPH Immunization Services Page.

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 visit our PPH Immunization Services Page.