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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. Parents are required to submit a copy of their child's immunization record online when registering for school.  We also request that you update us each time your child receives a new vaccine or booster.  This can be done by clicking here.

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). 
  

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently NOT offering Vaccine Education Sessions.  We are working closely with the Ministry of Health to determine how these will be completed going forward.  Once a plan is in place we will inform parents and the school board.

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 a vaccine, or there is evidence of your child’s immunity to a 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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