In Ontario, the local public health unit provides vaccinations for hepatitis B, meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV) to students in Grade 7. While hepatitis B and HPV are recommended immunizations, as of the 2014-15 school year meningococcal disease is a mandatory immunization under the Immunization of School Pupils Act.
Prior to the 2016-17 school year, HPV vaccine was only offered to female students in grade 8. From 2016-17 onwards, both male and female students in grade 7 are offered this vaccine. For more information on the School Immunization Program in Simcoe Muskoka, please visit the health unit’s website.
The figure below shows the percentage of Simcoe Muskoka students who received the complete series for the grade 7 school program immunizations in the 2015-16 school year.
More than half of enrolled eligible students are receiving the three immunizations offered through the school program. Coverage for HPV in grade 8 females for the 2015-16 school year is 65.6%. Coverage for hepatitis B in grade 7 students was 72.8% and 83.5% for meningococcal disease.
Unvaccinated children are at risk of getting serious diseases so parents seeking information about exemptions should access reliable, evidence based sources such as:
As explained on the Vaccine Coverage page, the health unit does not have accurate immunization information on all school children.
Proof of immunization against meningococcal disease became a requirement in the 2014-15 school year.
In the 2015-16 school year, HPV was provided to grade 8 female students only, while meningococcal disease and hepatitis B were provided to both male and female grade 7 students.