Children and youth can be immunized at Northwestern Health Unit regular family clinics. Public Health Nurses assess the immunization status of infants and provide immunization updates as per the current publicly funded childhood immunization schedule for Ontario. Public Health Nurses assess the immunization status of all children attending schools and licensed day nurseries to make sure children and youth have up-to-date immunizations according to the current publicly funded immunization schedules for Ontario and in accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act and the Day Nurseries Act. Immunizations are provided at regularly scheduled school based clinics
To help children cope with the pain associated with receiving an injection, try the following:
Breastfeed your baby when vaccines are being given. Breastfeeding before, during, and after immunization can help lessen pain and distress.
Distract your child or redirect your child's attention by using songs, rhymes, books, toys, or bubbles.
Hold your young child in a comforting position on your lap.
Comfort and praise your child.
Stay calm and be positive.
Avoid telling your child "it will not hurt".
Common immunizations for children and youth include:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio (Adacel-Polio)
- Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus type B (Pediacel)
- Hepatitis B (Recombivax or Engerix)
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (Gardasil) OR (Gardasil or Cervarix)
- Influenza (flu)
- Meningococcal (Menactra)
- Meningococcal C (Menjugate or Neis Vac)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMRV)
- Pneumococcal (Prevnar)
- Rotavirus (Rotarix)
To find out what immunization your child needs, and when contact your local health unit office.