Immunization Of School Pupils Act/Child Care And Early Years Act
Did you receive a letter from Public Health?
Peterborough Public Health is required by law to keep immunization records for all children in child care and schools.
Public Health reviews student immunization records to make sure that students have their immunization records up-to-date. Students who are missing required immunizations on their record, will receive a letter from Public Health to update this information.
By law, Public Health must have a record that shows students attending school have been immunized according to the Ontario immunization schedule. Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, students under the age of 18 must provide proof of up-to-date immunizations against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal, varicella (chickenpox), and pertussis (whooping cough) or a valid exemption.
Students whose immunization records are incomplete may be suspended from school if this information is not provided. Parents/guardians are asked to provide immunization information to Peterborough Public Health to avoid suspension.
Child Care Centres
Attendees of Child Care Centres must be immunized according to the recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health according to the Child Care and Early Years Act. The Medical Officer of Health requires immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal, varicella (chickenpox), and pertussis (whooping cough) or a valid exemption.
Children in child care centres whose immunization records are incomplete may be suspended from child care if this information is not provided. Parents/guardians are asked to provide immunization information to Peterborough Public Health to avoid suspension.
If your child is unable to be immunized due to medical conditions, your health care provider can complete a medical exemption form. A doctor’s note is not accepted.
If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, understand the risks and responsibilities. Children in schools and in child care centres require a valid exemption on file.
Philosophical exemptions are available on-line for child care centres and schools:
Please note: Philosophical exemptions need to be notorized.
If you have completed an exemption for child care in the past, you will need to complete a new exemption form by September. If your child has transitioned to school, you will need to complete another exemption form under the Immunization of School Pupils Act.
Forms are also available in-person at Peterborough Public Health or can be mailed to you upon your request.