(WINDSOR, ON) – In an effort to keep the community safe and healthy from the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has been reviewing the immunization records of all children registered with our school boards.
Students born in 2008 with incomplete immunization records received an immunization notice earlier this year and were informed of the upcoming suspension. The notice informed parents and guardians of which vaccine(s) were missing, how to get in touch with the Health Unit to provide updated information, and how to book an appointment for immunization.
Beginning September 26, students born in 2008 with incomplete immunization records will be suspended from school for up to 20 days.
Once updated vaccine information is provided to the Health Unit, the student’s immunization record will be updated and the student, parents, and guardians, and the school principal will be informed that the suspension has been lifted and the child can return to school.
“It’s important for the Health Unit to have up-to-date immunization records for all students,” said Judy Allen, manager of the Healthy Schools program at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. “We will be providing extra immunization clinics, including evening clinics to assist those who do not have a primary health care provider to get missing vaccines before the suspension date.”
These actions have been put in place to meet the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), which became law in 1990. The law protects the health of children and the community by ensuring students are up-to-date with their immunizations in an effort to stop the spread of preventable diseases.
There are nine immunizations required for school aged children, including Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal Disease, and Varicella (chickenpox).
It is important to know that it is the parent or student’s personal responsibility to keep immunization records up-to-date with the Health Unit. Health care providers are not required to forward this information to the Health Unit.
An additional option is to complete an exemption form, which can be obtained by calling the Health Unit or visiting.