7-Year-Olds With Incomplete Immunisation Face Suspension
Below is a media release from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health about mandatory immunisation for elementary school students:
7 year olds with incomplete immunization records are facing suspension from school
May 30, 2016: Students born in 2008 with incomplete immunization records on file with Public Health will be suspended from school this week. Approximately 375 students in Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph could miss up to 20 days of school.
In April, Public Health sent notices to the families of 1,639 students born in 2008 urging them to make an appointment with their family physician to update their child’s immunizations. The families of any students not being immunized, for medical or other reasons, were also informed that they need to have an exemption form on file with Public Health.
Public Health is encouraging the families of the students who received suspension notices, and who missed the reporting deadline, to call their family doctor or Public Health (1-800-265-7293) right away to make an appointment to get the missing vaccines. Once the student’s records are updated, they can return to school.
“It is important for students to be fully immunized so everyone in the school community is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “Public Health nurses are continuing to work with schools and are contacting parents to update student immunization records.”
Earlier this year, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health contacted 17-year-old students with outstanding vaccines to ensure their immunization records were up to date before they graduated.
For more information about immunization requirements for school attendance, visit www.immunizewdg.ca.