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Ottawa Public Health - Immunizations

Ottawa Public Health - Immunizations
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is required to maintain and review the immunization records for all students under 18 years of age attending a school in Ottawa, in accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act (Act).  Under the Act, students must be immunized against: measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis and meningococcal disease. Children born in 2010 or after must also be immunized for varicella.  For more information about immunizations required to attend a school in Ottawa, please visit www.parentinginottawa.ca/immunization.

In December, Ottawa Public Health will begin sending letters to parents whose children do not have their immunizations up to date or their immunizations records are not complete with OPH.  Parents are responsible for reporting all completed immunizations to OPH.  If you receive a letter from OPH, please make sure you complete the following in order to avoid suspension from school:

Step 1: Review the vaccines needed - Review the vaccine(s) listed in Section A on the attached form in the letter. There may be various reasons why this information is missing in our record. Visit www.parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more information.

Step 2: Review the immunization record - Compare our record, outlined in Section B, with your record at home.

Step 3: Determine - a) If the student has received the vaccine(s) listed in Section A. Please update OPH, as outlined in Step 4.  OR b) If the student is missing the vaccine(s) listed in Section A, please have the student receive the vaccine(s) through their healthcare provider, a walk-in clinic or through OPH immunization clinic (appointment is required). Note that these vaccines are free. Once the student receives the vaccine(s), please update OPH as outlined in Step 4.

Step 4: Update OPH - Update OPH using one of the following options, before the date indicated in Section A: Online: www.parentinginottawa.ca/immunization. Note that you can update and view your child’s current immunization record here.  CanImmunize App: available as a free download on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.  (Note that OPH only receives record updates from the App for children up to age 15 years).  Other methods: Visit www.parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more options.

If OPH does not receive an up-to-date immunization record or a standardized approved medical or non-medical exemption form from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, a student may be suspended from school. If you require a Statement of Medical Exemption or a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief, call 613-580-6744 or visit www.parentinginottawa.ca/immunization.

For more information and answers to “Frequently Asked Questions”, please visit
www.parentinginottawa.ca/immunization. Please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 if you have any questions, concerns or require further assistance including information about walk-in clinics in your neighbourhood.
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