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Immunizations for youth (12 to 18 years)

Vaccines are an important part of healthy growth and development. Think of them the same way you would healthy eating, physical activity, or proper sleep.

Vaccines are a proven and safe way to prevent serious infections. Although we rarely see most of these diseases in Canada now, they still exist. If we stop vaccinating children, these diseases will return. Vaccines sometimes even prevent death.

Vaccines help your body to help itself. Your body will make antibodies when you get a vaccine. Antibodies help your immune system to identify and destroy a virus. This will protect your child and those around them.

Most vaccines are given by injection. Some are given orally (in the mouth). New types of vaccines, such as nasal sprays, make them less painful for some patients.

It is important to report any vaccines your child receives to Ottawa Public Health (OPH). OPH keeps a record of your child's vaccinations to help protect public safety. This is important if there is ever a disease outbreak.

Parent blurb

Your child's health care provider and school are not mandated to report your child's immunization to OPH. Please visit our reporting page for more information on reporting vaccines to OPH.

What vaccines do my youth need?

 

Grade 7
  1. Meningococcal disease vaccine (ACYW or Menactra®)
  2. Hepatitis B vaccine
  3. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine  (Gardasil9®)

You will receive a consent form from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) when your youth is in Grade 7. Students need a signed consent to get the Meningococcal, Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines. Students are old enough to give consent for the vaccines but usually co-sign along with their parent(s). Make sure that you and your youth sign and return the consent form the day of their school clinic.

If they happen to miss a clinic, students can wait until the next school clinic or they can book an appointment at a catch-up clinic. Call OPH at 613-580-6744 if you need to schedule one for your youth.

Between the ages of 14 and 16 years 
  1. Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap)

Your child should have received their first booster dose between the ages of 4 and 6 years. Check your youth's immunization record to find out when your youth was vaccinated. This 14-16 year old booster dose is required 10 years from their 4-6 year old booster dose. The Tdap vaccine is not given in schools. You will need to get it from your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can get it from a walk-in clinic.

If you are unsure whether your child has received one or more of these vaccines please call 613-580-6744 and speak to a nurse who can discuss which vaccines your child requires.

Visit our diseases prevented by routine vaccination page for more information on these diseases.

See what vaccines are publicly funded in Ontario in this resource.

Reducing pain during vaccination

Getting a vaccine might be a scary for some youth. Try some of these helpful tips; they may be your best shot to help your youth overcome their fear.

Offer helpful distractions such as:

  • Talking to your youth
  • Having them listen to music with earphones
  • Getting them to play games or texting on a cell phone

For older children and youth who are very fearful, think about medications that numb the skin:

  • Talk to your health care provider about creams such as EMLA® or Ametop® that can help numb the skin. They are available without a prescription.
  • Ask your health care provider to show you the right locations to apply the cream. Keep in mind that, on some visits, more than one injection may be given. Read the instructions before applying the product. It must be on the skin 30 to 60 minutes before the injection(s). 
  • Offering praise and a reward after vaccinations can help children and youth of all ages! 
Vaccine safety
Please visit our Vaccine safety page.

School Clinics

  • Nurses from Ottawa Public Health will hold clinics at your child's school two times this year (Fall and Spring).
  • Sign the consent form for each vaccine you want your child to receive.
  • Have your child take the signed consent form back to school on the school's clinic date. (the school will communicate these dates to parents, or see dates below).

Vaccines offered

Type of Vaccine

How Many Doses?

When is it given in school?

Who is eligible for the 2018-2019 School Year?

Meningococcal

C-ACWY-135

(Menactra®)

Fall or Spring

Mandatory in grade 7. Anyone born in or after 1997 is eligible for one publicly funded dose 

Hepatitis B

(Recombivax®HB

 or Engerix-B®)

2

 

 

Fall & Spring

Until the end of grade 8

Human Papillomavirus

Gardasil®9

2 if given in grade 7

Fall & Spring

All grade 7-9 boys & girls that have not started their HPV series.

All grade 10-12  girls that have not started their HPV series.

Human Papillomavirus

Gardasil®

 

 

2 if child is 14 years of age or younger when they receive the first dose

3 if child is 15 years of age or older when they receive the first dose

Fall & Spring

All grade 9 bous that are completing their HPV4 series.

All grade 9-12 girls that are completing their HPV4 series.

 

 

School Immunization Clinic Schedule for 2018-2019
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

School

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School

December 17

June 17

Alta Vista Public School

November 13

May 10

Bell High School

November 8, 9

May 13, 15

Blossom Park Public School

October 26

May 30

Broadview Ave. Public School

October 23, 24

April 23, 24

Castor Valley Public School

October 29

May 28

Cedarview Middle School

October 2, 3, 4

April 3, 4, 5

D. Roy Kennedy Public School

December 7

June 6

Dunning-Foubert Elementary School

November 15

May 16

Emily Carr Middle School

November 22

May 28

Earl Of March Secondary School

December 10, 11, 12

June 10, 11 ,12

Fallingbrook Elementary School

November 2

June 17

Featherston Drive Public School

November 13

May 10

Fielding Drive Public School

October 30

May 9

Fisher Park Public School & Summit Alternative

October 15, 16, 17

April 30, May 1, 2

Glashan Public School

September 24, 25, 26

April 3, 4, 5

Glen Cairn Public School

December 3, 7

June 14

Goulbourn Middle School

December 10, 11, 12

June 10, 11, 12

Hawthorne Public School

November 22

May 29

Henry Larsen Elementary School

November 28

May 31

Henry Munro Middle School

October 29, 30

April 26, 29

Heritage Public School

October 23

June 13

Hopewell Avenue Public School

October 3

April 29

Huntley Centennial Public School

November 9

May 31

J. H. Putman Public School

October 18, 19

April 26

Jack Donohue Public School

October 24, 25

May 21, 22

Kars on the Rideau

November 26, 27

May 27, 28

Katimavik Elementary School

November 21

June 17

Longfields-Davidson Heights High School

October 1, 2, 4

April 1, 2, 3

Maple Ridge Elementary School

December 18

June 18

Merivale High School

November 28, 29

May 29, 30

Metcalfe Public School

October 16

April 15

Pinecrest Public School

October 4

April 11

Queen Elizabeth Public School

November 30

June 6

Roberta Bondar Public School

November 5, 6

May 6, 8

Sawmill Creek Elementary School

October 1

May 29

Sir Robert Borden High School

October 1, 2, 3

May 13, 14, 15

Steve Maclean Elementary School

October 25, 26

May 27, 28

Stonecrest Elementary School

November 8

May 17

Summerside Public School

November 14

May 23

Terry Fox Elementary School

December 7

May 24

Trillium Elementary School

November 6

May 24

Vimy Ridge Public School

November 29

May 30

Vincent Massey Public School

October 11, 12

May 2, 3

W. O. Mitchell Elementary School

November 1

June 5

York Street Public School

November 30

June 14

Ottawa Catholic School Board

School

Cycle One 2018

Cycle Two 2019

All Saints H.S.

October 29, 30, 31

April 29, 30, May 1

Frank Ryan Senior E.S.

October 15, 16, 17

April 15, 16, 17

Holy Trinity Catholic H.S.

October 17, 18, 19

April 16, 17, 18

Immaculata H.S.

November 1, 2

May 2, 3

Lester B. Pearson Catholic H.S.

October  26, 31

May 13, 14 

Mother Teresa H.S.

October 17, 18, 19

April 18, 23, 25

Notre Dame H.S.

December 13, 14

June 13, 14

Sacred Heart H.S.

October 22, 23, 24

April 23, 24, 25

St. Francis Xavier H.S.

October 10, 11, 12

April 10, 11, 12

St. Joseph H.S.

December 3, 4, 5

June 4, 11,12

St. Mark H.S.

October 22, 23

April 24, 25

St. Matthew H.S.

November 26, 27

June 4, 5

St. Michael, Fitzroy School

November 9

May 31

St. Patrick's I.S.

December 3, 4

June 11, 12

St. Paul H.S.

November 14, 15

May 14, 15

St. Peter H.S.

November 20, 21, 22

May 21, 22, 23

Conseil des écoles catholiques du centre-est

Schools

CYCLE  ONE

2018

CYCLE TWO

2019

Collège catholique Franco-Ouest (Pavillon) 

September 17, 18

April 25, 26

Collège catholique Mer Bleue (Pavillon)

September 17, 18

May 24

Collège catholique  Samuel-Genest  (Pavillon)

October 10, 11, 12

April 10, 11, 12

École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges (Pavillon)

October 22, 23, 24

May 2, 3, 6

École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité (Pavillon)

October 1, 2, 3

May 15, 16, 17

École secondaire catholique Garneau (Pavillon)   

October 18, 19

April 18, 26

École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais (Pavillon)

September 19, 20

May 13, 14

École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard (Pavillon) 

October 9, 15, 16

April 16, 17

Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario

SCHOOL

CYCLE 1

2018

CYCLE 2

2019

École élémentaire et secondaire publique Maurice Lapointe

September 27

June 10

École élémentaire publique Michel Dupuis

Spetember 26

April 8

École élémentaire publique Julie Payette

September 20

April 23

École élémentaire publique Trille des Bois

September 28

May 3

École secondaire publique De-La-Salle (Pavillon)

October 26, 29, 30

April 29, 30, May 1

École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde (Pavillon)

September 12, 13, 14

June 4, 5, 6 

École secondaire publique Louis-Riel (Pavillon)

September 24, 25

April 2

École secondaire publique Omers- Deslauriers (Pavillon)

 September 26

April 9

Ottawa Independent Schools

Ottawa Independent Schools

First cycle

2018

Second cycle

2019

Abraar School 

October 22

May 9

Centre Jules Leger

September 19

March 27

Elmwood  School 

September 27

April 1

Lycée Claudel

September 27

May 8

MacDonald Cartier Academy 

September 28

March 29

Ottawa Christian School

September 21

April 2

Ottawa Islamic School

September 26

April 8

Turnbull School

October 10

April 2

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