Diphtheria, measles, polio, tetanus, rubella (German measles) and mumps are six serious childhood diseases. The best protection we have against them is immunization. To prevent these diseases from spreading through the community as many children as possible must be immunized.
To ensure that both children and the public are protected, the Ontario Ministry of Health administers a universal school immunization program as part of the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Under the act, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is legally required to collect and maintain a complete immunization history on all children enrolled in school.
Parents provide this information when registering their child for school. If it has been 10 years since your child received a diphtheria / tetanus / pertussis vaccination, then your child needs a booster. This can be done at your family doctor’s office or call your local Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health office to make an appointment.
If your secondary school child has received this booster, please print and fill in an immunization form (available on the Admission & Registration web page) and return it to the school secretary, who will forward the information to Public Health.
You may decide because of medical, religious or philosophical reasons not to immunize your child. In this case, contact Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health for an exemption form. If the disease appears in your child's school, your child may have to stay out of school until the disease is no longer present.
Students who fail to provide proof of immunization or an exemption form will be suspended from school.