Ontario's Grade 7 School Immunization Program

Checklist for Parents

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Nurses from your local public health unit will be visiting your child's school to provide vaccinations for students in Grade 7. These vaccines are free for eligible students and protect against the following serious diseases:

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. It is one of the most common causes of liver cancer around the world.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus is very common around the world. HPV can cause cervical or penile cancer, and other cancers in men and women.

Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection. Without treatment, children who get it may die or have long-term disabilities such as brain injury, loss of limbs or deafness.

How does the school program work?

Sometimes there are minor side effects, such as pain, swelling or redness in the arm. This is normal and does not last very long. If you notice any change in your child's health that concerns you, contact your health care provider or local public health unit.

Is it safe for my child to get more than one vaccine at a time?

Research shows that your child's immune system can easily handle more than one vaccine at a time, and multiple vaccines have been shown to be very safe. Children do not experience increased side effects when more than one vaccine is given at a time. These vaccines have been shown to be as effective together as they are individually. When offered at school, this means fewer clinic visits for vaccinations, which saves time and offers convenience for families.

Vaccination is the best way to protect children from serious diseases. For more information about the vaccines that are given in Grade 7, the diseases they prevent, and tips to prepare your child for these vaccines, visit You can also speak with your health care provider, or your local public health unit. Contact information for your local public health unit is on your child's consent form, or can be found at:

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