Health unit issues suspension warnings
By Chad Ingram
Published April 23, 2019
The Kawartha Haliburton Pine Ridge District Health Unit has issued about 1,000 suspension warnings to students in its jurisdiction, advising them to get their immunization records up to date.
In many cases, it is likely that students are properly vaccinated, it’s just a matter of parents ensuring that records are updated with the health unit.
“School suspension orders are a last resort and only issued when students and their families have not updated their immunization records with the Health Unit,” says Marianne Rock, manager of health protection with the health unit in a press release. “In many cases, students have received all the required vaccines from a health care provider, but the records for these vaccines have not been shared with the health unit.”
Orders were issued for students in Haliburton County, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County.
Families who receive suspension warnings should contact the health unit immediately. They can call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507, or visit www.hkpr.on.ca. Parents can also update immunization records on the new Immunization Connection Ontario website at https://hkpr.icon.ehealthontario.ca.
Students who require vaccinations should make an appointment with their physician, or can be vaccinated by health unit nurses.
Suspension orders will take place at the end of April if records are not updated or arrangements made.