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Without vaccine records, students face suspension

Jan 23, 2012
The health unit has sent out about 1,600 letters to parents of high school students notifying them that their children face suspension if their immunization records are not updated.

The health unit has sent out about 1,600 letters to parents of high school students notifying them that their children face suspension if their immunization records are not updated.

In this round of immunization record review, the health unit has been checking student records at seven high schools in the region. The total student population of those schools is 5,358.

“It’s encouraging to know that roughly 70 per cent of the students in these schools have updated their records with us,” said Laurie Stanford, the manager of vaccine preventable disease at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

The health unit conducts annual sweeps of local schools to collect updated immunization records for approximately 90,000 students.

“The suspension letters are a necessary process to ensure we have a complete record of the immunization status of the students,” Stanford said. “These records help us protect vulnerable students when there are outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease.”

If parents have received a notice of suspension it means one of two things:

  1. Your child’s immunizations are not up-to-date.
  2. You have not let the health unit know about your child’s latest vaccines.

To update your child’s records with the health unit, you can use the online form at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/immsonline. You can also

  • fax the records to 705-721-1495,
  • call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • or mail the records to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, 15 Sperling Dr., Barrie, ON, L4M 6K9.

Parents have until Feb. 9 to get this information to the health unit to prevent your child from being suspended from school.

The health unit is required by law to collect this information to protect all students in the event of outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in school settings. For more information on immunization and suspensions, visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org and look for Immunization under Topics.

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