Infectious Disease and Immunizations

A disease that legally needs to be reported to public health is called a notifiable disease.

When notifiable diseases are reported, Public Health investigates. The goal of the investigation is to identify the where the disease came from and who else may have been exposed. Public Health may take actions to reduce the risk of the disease spreading in the community.

The Health Protection Act, which guides this aspect of our work in Public Health, is based on an ethical framework where we use the least restrictive means to achieve our public health goals, considering health equity and other factors.


School Immunization Clinics

Grade 7 students across Nova Scotia receive four vaccinations. Public Health offers these vaccinations in schools through partnership with local school boards.

Resources for parents and students:

Clinic Schedules – School Immunization

September 2019 to June 2020:

  • Annapolis Valley, South Shore and Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial in the Annapolis Valley, South Shore and South West area School Immunizations Clinics (.pdf)
  • Chignecto Central Centre for Education, Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial, private schools and Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey in the ColchesterEast Hants, Cumberland and Pictou areas School Immunization Clinics (.pdf)
  • Halifax Regional Municipality and Eastern Shore School Immunization Clinics (.pdf)

International Travel Clinic

If you are planning a trip outside of Canada, there is an international travel clinic available for consultations.
To request your immunization records contact the public health office located closest to your home at time of immunization.


For health care providers

Infectious Disease

Lyme Disease/Tick Awareness