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EXPANSION of Ontario Immunization Program

Starting August 8, 2011 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) will be enhancing the publicly funded immunization program.

Addition of Two New Vaccines:

  • A new oral rotavirus vaccine to protect infants against rotavirus, which causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration
  • A combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella (MMRV) vaccine that will reduce the number of immunizations a child needs. Varicella is currently given as a stand-alone vaccine

The expansion of existing vaccines:

  • A second childhood dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine to enhance protection against chicken pox
  • One dose of pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine to adults age 19-64, who often pass this highly-contagious disease to infants and children.

In addition, the new schedule will include the Pneumococcal Conjugate -13 vaccine (Prevnar®13) that was announced late last year.

For more detailed information, click here or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.

News release:

MOHLTC Immunization website:

Immunize On Time. Report Every Time.

Revised: Tuesday July 16 2013

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