Immunizations, also called vaccinations, are the best way to protect people of all ages against many diseases, some of which can be very serious or life threatening. Immunizations are shots or needles, which help the body to make its own protection (or antibodies) against certain diseases. Immunizations help save lives, prevent serious illnesses, and are recognized as one of the most effective public health interventions.
Routine immunizations for babies, children and adults are offered through your healthcare provider or the Health Unit. Appointments are required for the Health Unit immunizations clinic. If you are bringing your baby in to be immunized and have concerns about pain, there is a resource you can view called Reduce the Pain of Vaccination in Babies from Immunize Canada.
We offer vaccination clinics in Huron County schools for:
All Grade 7 students in Ontario have the opportunity to receive free Hepatitis B and Meningococcal vaccines at school-based clinics. While Hepatitis B remains optional, Meningococcal immunizations are now mandatory to attend school.
Female students in Grade 8 have the opportunity to receive immunization against Human Papilloma Virus.
Students in high school have the opportunity to get their immunizations up to date at our high school immunization clinics.
Students may be suspended from school if they are not up to date according to the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule in Ontario.
If you’re between 65 and 70 years old, you can get vaccinated against shingles free of charge in Ontario.
If you are travelling you may need certain vaccines to protect you from disease. Consult a travel medical clinic or medical practitioner at least 3 months before your scheduled trip. This consultation determines your need for vaccinations or medications. Appointments are required.
Where to get travel vaccines
|Kitchener-Waterloo Travel Clinic||Waterloo||519.570.4208||Suite 902
570 University Avenue East
|London Travel Clinic||London||519.432.5508||520 Sarnia Road
|London and Area Travel Clinic Listings||London and area||Can also search by postal code|
|Region of Waterloo Public Health Travel Clinic Listings||Waterloo||Various locations throughout Waterloo Region|
|Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health||Guelph||519.846.2715||600 Southgate Drive
|William D. Colby Travel Clinic, Inc.||London||519.663.3395||50 King Street
For more information about what vaccines you or your family need, call us at 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143. Ask to speak to a public health nurse on the Infectious Disease team.