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About immunization

Immunizations Required for School

The Ontario government maintains and enforces the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA); a list of mandatory immunizations required for school attendance.

Parents are required to provide proof of their child’s immunizations for:

Meningococcal (Meningitis)
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Varicella (Chickenpox)* 

*Chickenpox only applies if the child was born on or after January 1, 2010.

For more information about these vaccines, visit the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website

Oxford County Public Health is responsible for collecting and maintaining the immunization record of all children enrolled in school within the County. Parents are responsible for providing their child’s immunization record to the Health Unit when registering their child for school. Parents are also responsible for keeping the Health Unit informed every time their child receives an immunization.

For more information, contact Oxford County Public Health and speak to a Public Health Nurse at 519-539-9800 or 1-800-755-0394, ext. 3490.


More details about the expanded vaccine program (brochure)
Information about immunization in Ontario (website)
Schedule of vaccinations in Ontario 


Keep your records up-to-date

Your yellow immunization card records all the vaccinations you receive. This record is needed when children begin daycare or school. It may also be required for going to summer camp; changing schools; starting college, university or a new job; going for emergency health care; and travel out of the country.

An up-to-date immunization record is required by law for school attendance in Ontario. It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to call Public Health unit to update a child’s immunization record.

Always keep your yellow card in a safe place with your other important documents.  If you do not have a yellow card, ask your health care professional for a copy.

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