3,589 grade 11 and 12 students in Windsor-Essex could face suspension due to incomplete immunization records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. | Windsor and Essex County
 
3,589 students born in 1999 and 2000 with incomplete immunization records have received their formal suspension notice this week from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU). The notice advised students 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 to avoid suspension come February 28, 2017.

Students have four ways to update their immunization record:

  1. Call the Healthy Schools Department at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146 or 1-800-265-5822 and select extension 1222
  2. Fax the immunization record to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-7288
  3. Input the information online to the secure reporting system at immune.wechu.org  
  4. Bring the updated immunization record to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in person to one of the following locations between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday: 

Beginning Tuesday, February 28, 2017, students with incomplete records will be suspended from school for up to 20 days.
 
Once a student is suspended, records can only be updated by:

  1. Having a health care provider call or fax proof of immunization to the health unit. (Fax: 519-258-7288)
  2. Bringing the proof of immunization in person to the Health Unit to one of the following locations between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday:

If suspended students wish to return to school the same day they update their record with the Health Unit, they will need to visit the Health Unit in person to obtain a rescind letter and present it to their school principal.  Otherwise they may wait until the following school day at which time they will no longer be on the suspension list. 
 
The Health Unit staff will attempt to process student information as soon as possible, but it may take until the end of the current school day. Updated suspension lists will be faxed to school principals each morning before 8:00 a.m.
 
WECHU offers immunization clinics to school aged children at both the Windsor and Leamington offices by appointment. These clinics are free and a health card is not required. To book an appointment call 519-258-2146 ext. 1222 

BACKGROUND:

The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), which became law in 1990, 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:

  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Varicella (chickenpox) *proof of this vaccine is required for children born in 2010 or later.

Immunizations are shown to be safe and effective for lowering the risk of getting sick from a variety of diseases. Everyone in Ontario is encouraged to get all the required and recommended immunizations.
 
Some students may be eligible for exemptions (e.g., due to medical reason such as an allergy). Exemption forms can be obtained by calling the Health Unit.

Media Contact
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)
news@wechu.org

 

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