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Elementary School Students With Out-Of-Date Immunization Records Risk Being Suspended In March

Monday December 12th, 2022, 10:48am

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The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires all students in Ontario to be up-to-date on immunizations. Public health units are to maintain and review vaccine records for every student attending school in their region and those not up-to-date can be suspended from school for up to 20 days.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has completed a review of all elementary student (junior kindergarten to grade 8) immunization records. To date, there are more than 12,000 elementary school students with records considered to be incomplete.

These students are either overdue for one or more vaccines or have not submitted their updated records to the Health Unit. Most of these vaccines are routinely administered by primary care providers.

Notices were distributed through the schools to affected students last week specifying which required vaccine(s) are missing from the student’s record and providing information on how to update immunization information with the Health Unit.

Options for students and their families can be found here.

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