Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Meningococcal Vaccine Program

The Grade 7 Meningococcal ACYW-135 (Conjugate) Immunization Program

Students 12 years of age and older require the meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccine or provide a valid exemption.

Grade 7 Students

  • Consents are sent home with all grade 7 students in the fall of each school year and written parental/legal guardian permission is required for all students under 14 years of age.

  • Grade 7 students with a valid consent will be given one dose of the Meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccine by Registered Nurses at school-based clinics.

Grade 8 Students

  • Students who were eligible for this vaccine in grade 7 but didn’t receive it in their grade 7 year may receive it in grade 8 at the regular school-based clinic if time permits. Please print and complete a consent form if one had not previously been provided and bring it on the day of the clinic.

  • Alternatively, students can attend a special Grade 8 Meningococcal community clinic. Please call 905-799-7700 (Caledon residents call 905-584-2216) to book an appointment to receive the vaccine.

Consent Form

Meningococcal ACYW-135 High School Catch-up Clinics

Students 12 years of age and older require the meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccine or provide a valid exemption.

As of July 2014, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care made changes to the Immunization of School Pupils Act legislation. Previously, the meningococcal immunization was a voluntary vaccine provided to students in Grade 7/8. Now, in Ontario all students are required to be immunized against meningococcal disease or provide a valid exemption. This vaccine is only available at Peel Public Health clinics and is not available from the family doctor.

Grade 9 to Grade 12 students who require Men-C-ACYW135 (Menactra®) can receive the vaccine at their school clinic. A letter and consent form will be mailed to the home address of students who require the vaccine. Students are asked to bring the signed consent form to the clinic and will be given one dose of Meningococcal ACYW-135 vaccine by Registered Nurses. Students 14 years and older can sign their own consent.

Reliable Resources on Meningococcal Disease and the Meningococcal Vaccine

For more information call Peel Health at 905-799-7700.

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Revised: Friday May 27 2016

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