Grade 7 & 8 Vaccination Consent
Public Health provides free vaccinations to grade 7 students in the schools in the fall and in the spring. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health will be offering vaccines to both grade 7 & 8 students this year to help reach any students who missed these vaccines. Please complete the vaccination consent form. The vaccines protect your child against the following:
- Meningococcal disease
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus
- Risk of disease: Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord; it can also cause a serious blood infection. These infections can have major side effects including hearing loss, mental impairments and may result in limb amputations. Meningococcal disease kills 1 out of every 10 people infected.
- Benefit of the vaccine: A single dose of the vaccine given by needle is 80-85% effective in preventing meningococcal disease for up to five years.
HEPATITIS B VACCINE
- Risk of disease: Hepatitis B can cause serious liver infection. Some infections never go away and can cause permanent liver damage, cirrhosis or liver cancer. Some individuals have no symptoms of the disease yet can spread the infection to others. Hepatitis B is one of the most common causes of liver cancer worldwide.
- Benefit of the vaccine: Two doses of the vaccine given by needle 4-6 months apart before contact with hepatitis B are 99% effective.
HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS 9 VACCINE
- Risk of disease: Human papillomavirus is estimated to infect 3 out of 4 Canadians in their lifetime. Most individuals have no symptoms of the disease yet some will develop a lasting infection that can lead to cancer or skin lesions. HPV causes over 85% of cervical cancers, is associated with up to 90% of genital cancers in men and is responsible for a significant rate increase of mouth and throat cancer in both genders.
- Benefit of the vaccine: Two doses of the vaccine given by needle at least 6 months apart are approximately 90-95% effective.
SIDE EFFECTS AND PRECAUTIONS
Common side effects are redness, tenderness and swelling where the vaccine was given. Some children experience a headache, fever and fatigue. On rare occasion, a serious reaction like trouble breathing and hives may occur. Your child will be observed each time they receive a vaccine.
These vaccines are not recommended if your child has had a severe reaction to a previous dose of the
vaccine, has an allergy to any ingredient in the vaccine, has a fever or serious illness.
1. Reference – Canadian Immunization Guide. Government of Canada. Available from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/canadian-immunization-guide.html