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Immunizations for Children and Youth

Vaccines prepare the body to fight illness before you get sick by building the body’s natural immunity to a disease. This helps to keep your children from getting sick and spreading diseases.

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Requirements for School and Daycare Attendance

Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires that parents of children attending elementary and secondary school provide public health with proof of their child’s immunization against specific diseases. 

Ontario’s Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) states that a child care centre must ensure that all children in their centre have complete immunization appropriate to their age prior to admission to the child care centre.  A record of immunization must be kept as part of each child’s record. 

Children who attend school in Ontario must have proof of immunization (or legal exemption) for: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal disease, Pertussis (whooping cough), and Varicella (chickenpox for children born in 2010 or later).

A student who is not vaccinated may be excluded from a school due to an outbreak or an immediate risk of an outbreak of a designated disease.

View and Report Immunization Records

By law, it is the parent’s responsibility to report all vaccines to Lambton Public Health.

Go to Immunization Reporting

Where to Get Vaccinated

Healthcare Provider

  • Most vaccines are available through your healthcare provider. 

Pharmacies

  • Some vaccines for children and youth are available at local pharmacies (e.g. flu, COVID-19). 

Public Health Routine Clinics

  • If you do not have a health care provider or have difficulty accessing vaccines from your health care provider you may be eligible to attend public health routine clinics. Go to Immunization Clinics

School-Aged Catch Up Clinics

  • Lambton Public Health also offers school-aged catch-up clinics for those requiring vaccines who do not have a health care provider or are having difficulty obtaining these vaccines from their provider. Go to Immunization Clinics