Meningitis Clinics

Region of Waterloo Public Health offers the Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra) to all Grade 7 students.

New: For the 2016-2017 school year, the Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra) will not be administered to students at their schools, but through community clinics offered at local high schools. There will be 19 community clinics available throughout the Region of Waterloo. Clinics are drop in and will run from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Information about the clinic locations and dates can be found on the Meningitis Vaccine Schedule and it has also been sent home to all Grade 7 parents.

For information about Meningitis, how it spreads and treatment, please check the Meningitis page.


  • All Grade 7 students in the Region of Waterloo are eligible to receive the Meningitis vaccine (Menactra), which protects students against Meningococcal types A, C, Y and W-135
  • Menactra is a mandatory vaccine for school attendance in the Region of Waterloo and the province of Ontario
  • Students who do not get this vaccine will be sent a reminder notice in Grade 8 to obtain the vaccine or they may face suspension from school
  • Those who are eligible and are unable to make it to a community clinic can contact their local doctor or healthcare provider to access the vaccine free of charge

Parents' Role

All students should discuss this immunization with their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians can provide information about any previous meningitis immunization, or any previous reactions to immunization. They are also encouraged to discuss their views on health and immunization.