Updated September 29, 2022
In Ontario, the Immunization of School Pupil Act (ISPA) requires all students to be up to date with Meningococcal vaccines or have a valid exemption. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is currently investigating a Meningococcal Disease outbreak. The Meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine offered at our clinics includes coverage for this rare strain. Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are strongly recommended. For more information, visit our school immunization program section.
Vaccines are safe, effective and one of the most important ways to improve health worldwide and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccinating children and youth helps protect them against infectious diseases and some cancers, and can prevent children and youth from passing on an infection to other vulnerable people in their family or school community.
Vaccines offered to teens and young adults are safe and protect them from:
Meningococcal disease is very rare, but it can become life threatening quickly. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in teens and young adults. The bacteria infects the lining of the brain leading to strokes, hearing loss, seizures or blood infection. This vaccine is required to attend school in Ontario, and may be needed for travel and/or postsecondary education.
Meningococcal vaccines are 80-85% effective at protecting against four types of bacteria that cause meningitis.
The hepatitis B virus is spread by infected body fluids. This can include improper cleaning of spa, tattoo, medical and dental instruments. Many people with infection may not have symptoms and can continue to spread the infection to others. Some infections can cause permanent liver damage, cirrhosis and cancer. This vaccine is recommended before travel and for some career choices, like health care.
Hepatitis B vaccines are over 95% effective at protecting against hepatitis B virus infections. Two doses are required to be fully protected (3 for those who are immunocompromised).
There are different types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Many people do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms. Human papillomavirus infections cause many cancers of the mouth, head and neck, cervix and genitals.
The HPV vaccine is over 95% effective at protecting against 9 types of HPV infections. Two doses are required to be fully protected (3 for those who are immunocompromised).
|Vaccine||Who is Currently Eligible?|
|All grade 7 to 12 students*
Anyone born in 1997 or later
|Hepatitis B Vaccine
(2 or 3 doses)
|All grade 7 to 12 students*|
|HPV or Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
(2 or 3 doses)
|All grade 7 to 12 students*
Anyone born in 2004**
Females born in 2002 and 2003**
Males up to 26 years, who identify as having sex with men
* Current students in grades 7 to 12 are eligible for all three vaccines regardless of their age.
**If you are born in 2002, 2003, and 2004 and missed HPV vaccine doses due to the pandemic, you have extra time to get vaccinated until August 31, 2023.
TPH is hosting SIP clinics for Grade 7 and 8 students in publicly funded schools across Toronto during the school year. These clinics will be held during school hours and no appointment is needed. Information and consent packages will be sent to families, parental consent will be required.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and youth missed recommended childhood vaccinations. To help catch-up on these vaccinations, TPH is offering School Mobile Clinics for anyone who is eligible to receive Meningococcal, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines will also be available. These clinics are offered outside of school hours and are available at participating Toronto schools.
Walk-ins are welcome, no health card required. Review our schedule for a list of upcoming clinics.
All students and other eligible individuals who missed getting their school vaccines may attend appointments at most city-run vaccination clinics.
Walk-in or book an appointment at TPHbookings.ca.
Learn more about clinic locations, hours of operations, parking and accessibility options.
If you received hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), and meningococcal vaccines from a health care provider other than Toronto Public Health, please report these vaccination(s) to Toronto Public Health online:
Vaccination records for meningococcal vaccines must be reported under the Immunization of School Pupils Act in order for students to continue attending school in Ontario.
Reporting vaccinations with hepatitis B and HPV vaccines is not required, but helps your child or student in a number of ways, such as: