Immunization | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health



Updates on Specific Vaccines:

September 2018 - Influenza Vaccine Memo for HCP's


Please be advised that Hastings Prince Edward Public Health now has three new vaccine order forms:

1. Vaccine/STI Medication Order Form

2. School Based Vaccine Order Form

3. High Risk Vaccine Order Form

Effective September 1, 2018 the old vaccine order form will not be accepted.

August 2018 - Shingrix: Vaccine is now available. Please the following fact sheet for more information:

Shingrix Fact Sheet

June 2018 - Tdap in Pregnancy:The Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) now recommends vaccinating with Tdap (Adacel®,Boostrix®) in every pregnancy, between 27 and 32 weeks of gestation. Please see the following links for more information:

Tdap Memo

Post TST Referral Memo

Tubersol Memo

July 2018 - RotaTeq® (Rot-5): Ontario is transitioning from the monovalent rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix® (Rot-1) to the pentavalent rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq® (Rot-5) in the infant rotavirus immunization program. Please read the attached memo for more information.

Pneumococcal Vaccine:

Effective September 2016, Ontario will offer publicly funded HPV vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM). Eligible individuals include people who are 26 years of age or younger who identify as gay, bisexual, as well as other MSM including some trans people. A fact sheet is available with information for Patients from the MOHLTC

Zostavax: Herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax®II) is now publicily funded for individuals aged 65 to 70 years (i.e., from the 65th birthday to the day prior to the 71st birthday). Catch-up Program: Until December 31, 2016, individuals born in 1945 (i.e. those who have turned or will be turning 71 years of age in 2016), will be eligible for publicily funded herpes zoster vaccine through a one-time catch-up program. For more information see HCP Q&A or Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax®II) Information for Patients

HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) VACCINE GARDASIL ® - Starting September 2016, All grade 7 students (male & female) will be able to receive Gardasil free of charge. Under the expanded school based program, Gardasil will be offered to all grade 7 students along with their Hepatitis B and Meningococcal (Men C-ACYW135) vaccinations. Females entering Grade 8 in the 2016-17 school year will also be offered the Gardasil vaccine. HCP's can order all 3 vacciness by placing an order with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (Do not put any patient personal information on the order form). Once the order is received, a nurse will call to verify patient information and eligibility.

VARICELLA - It is recommended to have 2 doses of Varicella vaccine for those who have not had the disease. It is publicly funded for those born on or after 2000/Jan/01.

QUADRACEL® (Dtap-IPV)- is no longer available. It has been replaced by INFRANRIX-IPV. This vaccine is available by special order only for the few children aged 5-6 years who have never been immunized and require their primary series.

ADACEL-IPV® or BOOSTRIX-IPV® (Tdap-IPV) - is now given as the 5th booster dose to 4-6 year olds to complete their primary childhood series. It should also be given for those 7-17 years of age who have never been vaccinated and require a primary series.

ADACEL® or BOOSTRIX® (Tdap) - should still be given for the adolescent booster for 14-16 years of age. Tdap is now available publibly funded for a one time dose to all adults. This lifetime dose of Tdap will replace one of the Td booster doses given every 10 years.

Publicly Funded Vaccines

Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules for Ontario

Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario – Quick Reference Guide from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Ordering and Returning Vaccines

To order high-risk Meningococcal, Hep A, Hep B or Pneumococcal vaccine, school Hepatitis B,  Menactra or HPV vaccines, and Infanrix IPV (formerly Quadracel vaccine), call us at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 222.

 1. Vaccine/STI Medication Order Form

 2. School Based Vaccine Order Form

 3. High Risk Vaccine Order Form

 Effective September 1, 2018 the old vaccine order form will not be accepted.

 Unused vaccine form



Pneumococcal Conjugate 13-Valent for Adults with High Risk Medical Conditions

Fact Sheets/FAQs

Immunization Fact Sheets and Patient Tools

Shingles vaccine (Zostavax®II) information for Patients

Publicly Funded Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Forms - Reporting

Report of Adverse Event Following Immunization

Cover letter for exemption affidavits - day care

Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit for Child Care Centres

Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit for JK-grade 12

Medical Exemption Form


Canadian Immunization Guide

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)

Immunization of School Pupils Act

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Immunization Requirements for School Attendance

Related Links:

Your Child's Best Shot : A Parent's Guide to Vaccination

Immunize Canada

Working with vaccine-hesitant parents

Immunization Services in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

Immunization Information

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s Vaccine Preventable Disease Program provides regular immunization updates to local health care providers.

If you have questions, call the Immunization Records and TB Testing line at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 221.

TTY: (613) 966-3036 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Adverse Event Following Immunization

Health care professionals who administer vaccines and/or care for patients who may have had an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) are required by law to report these events to local public health authorities within seven days. Click here for the AEFI form.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care indicates that the influenza season for Ontario runs from October to April.

Influenza Vaccine Fact Sheet

Fluzone® Product Monograph

Reporting Cold Chain Failures

Vaccines are to be kept between +2 °C and +8 °C at all times. Administering improperly stored vaccines can result in a poor immune response and a lack of protection for clients. 

 If your vaccine has been exposed to temperatures below +2 °C and/or above +8 °C you should:

  1. Call Hastings Prince Edward Public Health immediately at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 222 to report the exposure.  Public Health staff will conduct an assessment of the exposed vaccine.
  2. Segregate the exposed vaccines in the refrigerator by placing these vaccines in a labelled container (or bag), marked with the date, time, and “DO NOT USE”.
  3. Check to ensure your temperature monitoring device is working correctly. If in doubt, replace the battery.
  4. After checking the temperature monitoring device and the refrigerator, record the date, time and temperature in your temperature log book. Always remember to reset your maximum-minimum thermometer (if applicable) after each recorded temperature.
  5. If the current temperature is too low or too high, move these vaccines to a properly functioning, monitored refrigerator, or place the vaccines in an insulated container with icepacks and a temperature monitoring device inside the vaccine package. Insulated containers will only keep vaccines at the appropriate temperatures for a short period of time (approximately two hours).

For more information, call Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 222.

TTY: Dial 711 + (613) 966-5500 + GA (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Related Links:

Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines