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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.
    Information on how to fill out the Hepatitis B/Meningococcal Consent Form - [PDF]

  • 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

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 7/8 students will receive the vaccine at their school clinic.

Grade 9 to Grade 12 students require Men-C-ACYW135 (Menactra®). Peel Public Health is working on a revised clinic strategy for secondary school students who require meningococcal vaccine. Parents/students will be notified by direct mail once our strategy is finalized. We apologize for the inconvenience and for any confusion caused by our letters. We acknowledge that this is frustrating for parents and students.

Reliable Resources on Meningococcal Disease and the Meningococcal Vaccine

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

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Revised: Thursday February 04 2016

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