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Immunization

Attending School - Immunization Information

We are required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) to collect and maintain up-to-date immunization records for every student in Simcoe Muskoka. You need to provide a copy of your child’s record along with an Immunization History Form  (also available in French) when registering for school.  The completed forms are sent to us throughout the school year.

Here you will also find information on what is needed when your child cannot be immunized for medical reasons, or if you have chosen not to immunize your child.

  • The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires us to collect and review each student’s immunization record to make sure it’s complete and up to date for the child’s age.
  • Throughout the year we send home “Immunization Notice” letters to let parents know that we are missing immunization information for their child.If you do not respond to this letter, students will then receive an “Order for Suspension from Attendance at School”.
  • This law states students may be suspended from school until their immunization record is up to date with us.

The following vaccines are required under the law:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Pertussis
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) (see below)
  • The ISPA requires that all children born in 2010 and after have 2 doses of varicella vaccine by age 7. If your child had chickenpox after the age of one year that was confirmed by your health care provider, a medical exemption form can be completed by your doctor or nurse practitioner.  If you are choosing to not have your child vaccinated for chickenpox, you are required to complete an affidavit (see below).

If you have made the decision not to immunize your child, you are required under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) to:

     1.  Complete an Education Session (30 minutes long) at your local health unit

          office that covers:

  • basic information about immunization
  • vaccine safety
  • immunization and community health
  • immunization law in Ontario

 

     2.  Submit a notarized Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief along with the

          Vaccine Education Certificate (provided from the health unit after completion

          of the Education Session).

 

To review this process, get more information, or make an appointment for your education session, please call us at 1-877-721-7520 or 705-721-7520 ext 8827.

If your child has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine and/or there is evidence of your child’s immunity to the disease, making further immunization unnecessary, a Statement of Medical Exemption Form needs to be completed.  This form must be taken to your physician or nurse practitioner for completion and then returned to the health unit.

To review this process or for more information, please call us at 1-877-721-7520 or 705-721-7520 ext 8827.
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