Vaccination notices being sent out to parents this week
Published Jan. 23, 2018
Notices are being sent out to about 2,500 students in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and City of Kawartha Lakes whose vaccination records aren’t up-to-date, the health unit says.
Records must be current in order to avoid suspensions.
If their child brings home a notice, parents should immediately call the health unit. There is also an online tool called Immunization Connection Ontario,which allows you to track records online.
“We encourage families who receive a health unit notice to review their child’s vaccination record and get it updated with us as soon as possible,” says Marianne Rock, manager of communicable disease prevention and control with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The last thing the health unit wants to do is suspend students, but we are legally required to ensure students attending school are fully immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are free, safe and effective and protect young people against serious illness.”
Suspensions will begin in the spring for those who do not provide updated records or do not have the necessary vaccinations. Students may be exempt from vaccination for religious or medical reasons or “issues of conscience,” information from the health unit says.
All students at school must be vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), varicella (chickenpox) and meningococcal disease.
The health unit provided the following steps for parents:
- Check that your child’s vaccination record is up-to-date. For a list of required vaccines to attend school, visit www.ontario.ca/vaccines or contact the Health Unit.
- Missing a vaccine? Get your child immunized. See your health care provider or contact the Health Unit to get any missing vaccine.
- Update your child’s vaccination record. Call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507, or visit www.hkpr.on.ca. The new Immunization Connection Ontario (ICON) site (http://hkpr.icon.ehealthontario.ca) also allows families to track, manage, and – most importantly – update records online.