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​​​​​​​​​​Immunization

Help your body help itself. When immunized, our bodies learn how to recognize and fight diseases.

Our immunization team works closely with the Brant community to protect everyone against many vaccine preventable diseases.

Our Health Unit supports Ontario's publicly funded immunization schedule.

Missed Immunizations
If you miss an immunization, you do not have to repeat the entire vaccine series. However, everyone should receive any missed vaccinations as soon as possible. Call your healthcare provider for more information.

Students 4 to 17 years old may be suspended from school if the Health Unit is missing proof of immunization against these diseases:

You can also visit our Vaccine Fact Sheets page to learn more about the required vaccines.

Check your child's immunization record (Yellow Card) or contact your healthcare provider to see if vaccinations are up to date.

To update the Health Unit's records, simply report the missing information:

  • Online              
  • Phone: 519-753-4937 ext. 451
  • Fax: 519-753-2140 (include child’s name, date of birth and telephone number)
  • Mail/In person: 194 Terrace Hill St., Brantford, ON N3R 1G7
  • Drop box: Located outside east entrance door (Terrace Hill St. and McMurray St.) (drop off copy of Yellow Card or printout of immunization record)

If your child is missing one or more required immunizations, make appointments to get caught up:

  • Grade 7 meningitis (meningococcal disease) booster: This vaccine is only given at the Health Unit. Call 519-753-4937 ext. 442 for an appointment.
  • All other immunizations: Make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Don’t forget to report all immunizations to the Health Unit!

Children who attend day care must be immunized against the following diseases, or have a valid exemption:

Parents of children under 18 who attend day care or school must let the Health Unit know every time their child gets a vaccine. This is not a doctor or health-care provider's responsibility.

When reporting immunizations to the Brant County Health Unit, always include:

  • Correct spelling of child’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Daytime phone number
  • Date and name of vaccine given
  • Name and phone number of family doctor (if applicable)

To update the Health Unit's records, you have several convenient options to report the missing information:

  • Online (Keep child's yellow immunization card/immunization record nearby for reference)            
  • Phone: 519-753-4937 ext. 451
  • Fax: 519-753-2140 (include child’s name, date of birth and telephone number)
  • Mail/In person: 194 Terrace Hill St., Brantford, ON N3R 1G7
  • Drop box: Located outside east entrance door (Terrace Hill St. and McMurray St.) (drop off copy of yellow card/immunization record or printout of immunization record)

Medical Exemptions
Your doctor may exempt your child from immunization for medical reasons. If your child is unable to be vaccinated because of a serious allergy or health problem, have your doctor complete a Medical Exemption form and submit it to the Health Unit.

Other Exemptions
If you choose not to vaccinate your child, be aware:

  • Your child is at risk of becoming very sick.
  • Your child may expose people with weaker immune systems to diseases that can make them very sick (e.g., newborns, cancer patients, older adults).
  • If there's an outbreak at your child's school, the Medical Officer of Health may order your child not to attend school until the outbreak ends (Sec. 12.1).

To exempt your child from immunizations for conscientious or religious reasons, you must fill out an exemption form, have the form witnessed* and return original to the Health Unit. Please note: Daycare students must also provide the daycare with a copy of the form.

*Acceptable witnesses include notary publics, barristers or solicitors, any Justice of the peace, a judge of a superior court, or a designated Commissioner of Oaths.

Immunization Reporting and Questions
519-753-4937 ext. 451

Grades 7 and 8 School Immunization Clinics
Call 519-753-4937 ext. 442 to make an appointment.

CANImmunize App
Record your family's immunizations on your smart phone

Online Vaccine Reporting
School Health