Tracking immunizations to keep our residents, schools and communities healthy

Halton Region is committed to the health and well-being of all our residents and immunization is one way to protect our community from the threat of preventable diseases.

While the majority of families in Halton immunize their children to protect their health, many are unaware of the need to notify the Halton Region Health Department about any immunizations their children have.

SchoolImmunizationChecklistThe provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) outlines which immunizations students must have in order to keep our students and schools healthy in order to protect our children from the deadly diseases that can easily spread in schools. The province requires that local health departments confirm the immunization records of students to ensure they have the legally required immunizations in order to attend school.

This summer, please take a moment to ensure your family’s immunizations are up-to-date, your children have all their legally required immunizations to attend school and the Halton Region Health Department has your updated records on file by dialing 311. If your child is unable to get immunized, you must have a notarized exemption on file with the Health Department in order to meet school attendance requirements.

To help make it easier for you to update your vaccination history with the Health Department, we’re also working on a new, online immunization reporting system that should be ready this fall.

Thank you for helping us keep Halton a great, safe and health place to live, work, raise a family and retire. As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter@garycarrhaltonLinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”