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Diseases/Immunization/Oral Health

Reportable Diseases, Immunization, and Oral Health Services

Childhood Diseases

The Childhood Diseases section provides a list of common childhood diseases with information on symptoms, transmission and when to report or exclude students who have these illnesses. The diseases that must be reported by the Principal to the Health Unit are marked in red on the childhood diseases poster, and with an asterisk (*) on the Childhood Diseases webpage. The complete list of designated reportable diseases is available within our Reportable Diseases Toolkit online and can also be found within the print-friendly Interactive Reportable Diseases Poster.

Chickenpox Reporting Form

Use the Chickenpox Reporting Form to report the total number of chickenpox cases in your school each month.

Infectious Disease Fact Sheets

Visit the Infectious Disease Fact Sheets link for reputable information on infectious diseases. You can also visit our Infectious Disease webpage.

Infection Control Resources for the Classroom

Within this section of our website you will find a variety of infection control resources, including; hand hygiene activities and videos.

Immunization Requirements for Attending School

Students aged 4–17 attending school in Ontario must be immunized according to Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization schedule. Being fully immunized protects students against many diseases that are easily spread in schools.

Grade 7 Immunizations

The Health Unit provides immunizations in local schools for Grade 7 students. Grade 7 students have the opportunity to receive up to three vaccines at school, at no cost: Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (Gardasil 9), and Meningococcal ACYW-135 (Menactra). Hepatitis B and HPV are voluntary vaccines. Meningococcal vaccine is required for students to attend school in Ontario.

Immunizations for Children

Immunization is a safe and effective way to protect children from vaccine preventable diseases. Routine immunizations in Ontario begin at two months of age and continue throughout life. All routine childhood immunizations are free and can be given by the child’s Health Care Provider. If they do not have a Health Care Provider, the child can be immunized at one of the Health Unit’s immunization clinics.

For more information please visit our Immunization webpage.

Dental Screening

Each school year dental screenings are provided to students in selected grades in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark County schools. A dental screening is a quick visual assessment completed by a Registered Dental Hygienist.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a free dental program for eligible children and youth 17 years of age and under. Additional information can be found on the Healthy Smiles Ontario website.

School Fluoride Varnish Program

Each school year fluoride varnish application is offered to kindergarten students in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark County schools.

Preventive Dental Services

The Health Unit’s Registered Dental Hygienists and Certified Dental Assistants can provide preventive services to eligible children and youth ages 17 years and under at Public Health Dental Clinic Sites in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties.

For more information please visit our Oral Health webpage.