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.
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.