is a serious liver disease which
can be prevented. The Ontario Ministry of Health
provides vaccine for a voluntary hepatitis
B prevention program. Grade seven students in
Ontario are offered the opportunity to be immunized
against hepatitis B at an age before which they
are most likely to be exposed to the virus.
In the Region of Peel, immunization against
hepatitis B has been available for students
in Grade seven since 1994. The vaccine has been
administered free of charge, upon parental consent,
by Peel Health nurses in school-based immunization
Hepatitis B vaccine is also offered free of
charge to other high-risk groups and youth (under
18 years of age) who are no longer in school.
To find out if you are eligible or for more
information about Hepatitis B immunization call Peel Health at: 905-799-7700.
Caledon residents call free of charge, 905-584-2216.