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.
If you are seeking a receipt of your COVID-19 vaccination, click here for instructions.
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.
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)
For health care providers
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