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A Healthy Start to the School Year

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is required under the Immunization of School Pupil's Act (ISPA) to collect and maintain up-to-date immunization records for every student registered in school in the County of Simcoe and the District of Muskoka. The law states that parents must provide the health unit with proof of completed immunization for:

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pertussis
  • Varicella (chickenpox - for those born in 2010 or later)

You will be asked to provide an immunization history when registering your child for school. 

Health care providers do not automatically share your child’s record with the health unit. Any new immunization must be shared by you with the health unit.

Share your child's immunization record with the health unit by secure on-line form, fax, mail or phone.  

School Based Programs

Grade 7

School Surveillance Program for the 2018/2019 School Year 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) will review student immunization records who are currently in elementary and secondary school.

Students with incomplete immunization records will receive a questionnaire from the health unit, addressed to either the parent(s) or to the student (if 16 years of age or older), advising them that their immunization record on file with the health unit is not current.

Many students may have received immunizations from their health care provider (HCP), but have not shared this with the health unit.

Steps to take now:

  • Check – your child’s immunization card
  • Contact – your child’s HCP to get records or missing immunizations and report to the health unit
  • Share – go to immsonline to enter the complete record

What does the school require for new registrants or transfer students?

  • Immunization History Form (also available in French) for each student and return the completed forms to the school office.
  • Completed forms are forwarded by the school to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit regularly throughout the school year.

What if I choose not to immunize my child?

Parents who choose not to vaccinate a child because of a medical reason, or a religious or conscientious belief, must provide the appropriate, original, signed document to the health unit. Both forms are available by calling the health unit.

Points to consider:

  • Medical exemptions - completed by a physician or nurse practitioner who is aware of the child's health history
  • Affidavits for religious or conscientious belief must be completed by parent and notarized by a notary public for each child
  • Outbreaks- students with medical exemptions or affidavits on file will be removed from school during a disease outbreak

  • Unvaccinated students are at increased risk for contracting diseases and place other students at risk who are unable to be immunized due to medical concerns
  • Parents have responsibilities, if their child is not vaccinated. Please review this handout that outlines the additional risks and responsibilities.

Need more information? Call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520


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