Each year the Government of Ontario offers free vaccinations to grade 7 students to protect them against hepatitis B, meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV). Oxford County Public Health will visit schools twice during the school year to provide vaccinations to students.
Click the links below to download the clinic schedule, information and consent forms:
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is short for Human Papillomavirus. The virus is spread by sexual skin to skin contact.
There are many different types of the HPV virus; some are high risk and some are not. High risk types cause cancers (cervical, anal, genital, mouth and throat). They are the cause of most cervical cancers. Lower risk types cause most genital warts.
Sometimes people who have HPV have no symptoms and they spread it to people without knowing it. Each year, HPV results in about:
- 254 deaths
- 1,090 cancers
- 14,666 cases of genital warts
The vaccine is safe and effective, and currently provided free for students starting in grade 7.
Many people have meningococcal bacteria in the back of the nose and throat. This does not always make them sick, but it can be spread through close, direct contact. Examples are kissing, coughing or sneezing. It is also spread when sharing things like food, drinks, toys and musical instruments. Some people become sick when the bacteria get into the blood and other body fluids. This can lead to brain damage and sometimes death in just a few hours.
There are about 200 cases of meningitis in Canada each year that can cause swelling of the brain resulting in hearing loss, stroke or seizures.
Meningococcal A, C, Y, W135 vaccine is safe and effective, currently provided to grade seven students.
Hepatitis B (Hep B) is spread through blood and body fluids. Hep B can cause inflammation, damage or cancer of the liver. Each year in Ontario, Hep B results in about 346 deaths, 308 cancers and 90 cases of inflamed or damaged liver.
Two shots are needed to provide 99% protection in children. Hepatitis vaccine is safe and effective, currently provided to grade 7 students.
For more information or to make an appointment call Oxford County Public Health at 519-539-9800, ext. 3490 or toll-free 1-800-755-0394.