Changes & Updates to the School Immunization Program
Alberta Health has made changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the 2018/19 school year. Summary below. Read the full document to the right.
What is changing?
HBV and HPV vaccines
Previously in Alberta, Grade 5 students were offered three doses of vaccine for Hepatitis B (HBV) and three doses of vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Alberta is moving from a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 6 for both HBV and HPV vaccines. Alberta Health has made this change to align with the evidence, which shows that administering two doses at least six months apart will provide children with good protection against Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus diseases.
Catch-up immunization program
In the 2018/19 school year, public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status. You will be contacted if your child is missing immunization information.
Read the full article to see outline of the changes for 2018/19 and 2019/20...