Immunizations for children

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 does my child (4 to 11 years) need?

Between 4 and 6 years:

  1. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Polio (4-in-1 vaccine)
  2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chicken Pox) (4-in-1 vaccine)

These vaccines are not given in schools. You will need to get them from your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can get them from a walk-in clinic.

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

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

Where can my youth receive immunizations?

Vaccinations at your Health Care Provider’s office

Additionally, in Ontario, routine immunizations can be given at your Health Care Provider’s office or a walk-in clinic, if your Health Care Provider or the walk-in clinic has agreed to offer this service. If your child requires a routine vaccination, please follow up with their primary care provider. Your Health Care Provider can complete a form to send to the Ottawa Public Health vaccine room.

If you are currently looking for a Health Care Provider please register with Health Care Connect, and a nurse will help you find a doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in our community. 

Routine Vaccination Clinics
 

NEW! Family Vaccination Clinics

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is now offering routine immunization services for children and youth who live in Ottawa and who are facing barriers in getting their routine immunizations in the community.

Clinic locations and hours of operation

 

Clinic

Address

Hours of operation

Orléans Client Service Centre

255 Centrum Boulevard

  • Monday February 13, 2023: 9:45 am to 4:00 pm
  • Friday February 17, 2023: 9:45 am to 4:00 pm

J.H Putman 

2051 Bel-Air Drive

  • Thursday February 2, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Friday February 3, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Monday February 6, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday February 7, 2023: 12:45 to 7 pm
  • Thursday February 9, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Friday February 10, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Monday February 13, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday February 14, 2023: 12:45 to 7 pm
  • Thursday February 16, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Friday February 17, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm

Richelieu Vanier

300 Des Pères-Blanc Ave

  • Wednesday February 8, 2023: 12:45 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday February 15, 2023: 12:45 to 7 pm 

Kanata Recreation Complex

100 Charlie Rogers Pl

  • Wednesday February 8, 2023: 12:45 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday February 15, 2023: 12:45 to 7 pm

Tom Brown Arena

141 Bayview rd

 

  • Thursday February 2, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday February 9, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday February 16, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm

The Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre

2260 Walkley Road

  • Friday February 3, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Friday February 10, 2023: 9:45 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday February 14, 2023: 12:45 to 7 pm

Century Public School

8 Redpine Drive
  •  Thursday February 9 :  9:45 am to 4:10 pm 
Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA 265 Centrum Boulevard
  •  Friday February 10: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm 
Kanata Recreation Complex 100 Charlie Rogers Place
  •  Saturday February 11: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm 

 

You are eligible to book an appointment if you have a child or youth that meets one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • your child is a newcomer to Canada;
  • your child does not have an Ontario Health Card (OHIP);
  • your child does not have a primary health care provider, such as a doctor or nurse practitioner;
  • your child is currently unable to access immunizations through their health care provider.

Book a vaccination appointment

 Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs
You are eligible to drop-in if your youth identifies with one or more of the following criteria:
  • Your youth in grade 7 or 8 was unable to attend or receive school-based vaccines at their school clinic
  • Your youth in grades 9 to 12 has not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)

Vaccinations offered include:

  • School-based vaccine series for Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Meningococcal conjugate vaccines (normally given in grades 7 and 8)

Note: Due to COVID-19, eligibility for some vaccines has been extended:

  • Girls born in 2002 and 2003 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2023.
  • Students born in 2004 remain eligible for the Human Papillomavirus vaccine until August 31, 2023.

Interval between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines:

COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time, or before or after a non COVID-19 vaccine. There are no specific safety concerns when routine vaccines are given at the same time or within days of each other. There could be stronger, temporary side effects when a COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine are given at the same time or within days of each other.

*Please see below for the hub locations offering school-based vaccines and other services. No appointment necessary.

Vaccine safety

Visit our Vaccine safety page for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Looking for more information? Visit our Frequently asked questions page.

 

 

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