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.
Immunization Record Requests
To request immunization records from Public Health for all vaccines (other than the COVID-19 vaccine), complete this form and follow the instructions on the last page to submit your request.
Publicly Funded Vaccines in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia offers many vaccines at no cost to the person being immunized. These publicly funded vaccines offer protection against diseases that have serious or life-threatening complications. They protect you from becoming sick, and also prevent you from spreading disease.
While some publicly funded vaccines are only given when someone is exposed or at risk for a particular disease, most are recommended for all children, youth and adults to receive on a routine schedule.
If you have any questions about publicly funded vaccines, you can speak to a pharmacist, primary care provider, or call your local Public Health office.
Download Routine Vaccine Infographics:
- Routine vaccine schedules
- Routine publicly funded vaccines and eligibility criteria
- Publicly funded vaccine eligibility for individuals at high risk
If you are seeking a receipt of your COVID-19 vaccination, click here for instructions.
School Immunization Program
Grade 7 students across Nova Scotia receive four vaccinations. Public Health offers these vaccinations in schools through partnership with local school boards.
2022-2023 Central Zone School Immunization Clinics:
- 2022-23 Web Calendar School Clinics (.docx) (English)
Resources for parents and students:
- Information for Parents/Guardians (.pdf) (English)
- Information for Parents/Guardians (.pdf) (French)
- Information for Parents/Guardians (.pdf) (Arabic)
- Information for Parents/Guardians (.pdf) (Ukrainian)
- What to Expect After Your Child is Immunized (.pdf) (English)
- What to Expect After Your Child is Immunized (.pdf) (French)
- What to Expect After Your Child is Immunized (.pdf) (Arabic)
- What to Expect After Your Child is Immunized (.pdf) (Ukrainian)
- Immunization Consent Form and Instructions (.pdf) (English)
- Immunization Consent Form and Instructions (.pdf) (French)
- Immunization Consent Form and Instructions (.pdf) (Arabic)
- Immunization Consent Form and Instructions (.pdf) (Ukrainian)
Nova Scotia School-Based Immunization Coverage Report for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Years (.pdf)
Early Childhood Immunization Clinics – Central Zone
To help support access to routine early childhood vaccines in Central Zone, Public Health’s Early Years program offers vaccine clinics for children who do not have a primary care provider, or do not have an MSI number (health card).
These vaccines are publicly funded, which means families do not have to pay to immunize their children.
Early Years clinics offer the following vaccines:
- DTaP-IPV-Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine)
- RV (Rotavirus)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
- Meningococcal group C conjugate vaccine
- MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine)
- Tdap-IPV (Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), and polio vaccine)
See Nova Scotia’s routine immunization schedule for children, youth and adults.
Additional clinics may be added as needed.
Central Zone Public Health Office
7 Mellor Avenue - Unit 5, Dartmouth
May 3, 10, 24 & 31; June 7 & 21
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Call to book an appointment:
Toll Free: 1-800-430-9557
If you require assistance getting to the clinic, please mention this when you call to book your appointment.
Additional immunization services, including routine childhood immunizations, are also offered at participating Nova Scotia pharmacies. Learn more - https://pans.ns.ca/CPPCC.
For health care providers
General information and resources for vaccine providers in Nova Scotia
- Publicly funded vaccines are recommended in the Routine Immunization Schedules for Children, Youth, and Adults.
- If you have a patient at high risk for a vaccine-preventable disease either because of a medical condition or by belonging to a specific group, they may also be eligible for certain publicly funded vaccines – find high-risk vaccine recommendations and eligibility criteria here.
- If your patient requires catch-up vaccines, please refer to the Canadian Immunization Guide recommendations for age-based catch-up vaccine schedules.
Additional immunization resources:
- Provincial immunization policies and toolkit on immunization:
- Advice on vaccine safety, hesitancy and refusal: Canadian Medical Protective Association
- National resource for health professionals, helpful for questions around specific vaccines and special populations: Canadian Immunization Guide
- Advice on working with vaccine-hesitant parents: Canadian Paediatric Society
- Managing Needle Pain: IWK Health COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit
- It's the Law: Reporting Adverse Events Following Immunization
- Additional Canadian immunization resources for providers and patients: Immunize Canada
- Download the infographic: General information and resources for vaccine providers in Nova Scotia
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
Public Health can help you access HIV testing if you have had a recent exposure, multiple anonymous sexual contacts, or are very concerned about getting HIV. Call 1-902-481-5824 and leave a voicemail with your name and number for call back.
Nova Scotians can access HIV testing through primary care providers, including family doctors, nurse practitioners, walk in clinics and Virtual Care NS.
Testing is also available at the following clinics:
Halifax Sexual Health Centre
7071 Bayers Rd., Suite 302, Halifax
QEII STI Clinic
5th floor Dickson Building, QEII
5820 University Avenue, Halifax
Clayton Park STI Clinic
Dr. Michelle Ciach
310-255 Lacewood Dr., Halifax
Newcomer Health Clinic
Resource for government assisted refugees, privately sponsored refugees and refugee claimants in the greater Halifax area.
Mumford Professional Centre
6960 Mumford Rd., Suite 0265 (main floor), Halifax
Wije’winen Health Centre
Resource for Indigenous people residing in Halifax Regional Municipality
2021 Brunswick St., Suite 209, Halifax
Ally Centre of Cape Breton
150 Bentinck St., Sydney
Truro Sexual Health Centre
Fundy Trail Mall - Suite 130
68 Robie St., Truro
The Red Door
10 Webster St., Suite 203, Kentville
Tri-County Wellness Clinic
12 Cumberland St., Yarmouth
Lyme Disease/Tick Awareness
For health care providers