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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.  |  Windsor and Essex County


Today, 388 students born in 2000 and 2001 with incomplete immunization records have been suspended from school for up to 20 days.
 
As soon as the required vaccine information is provided to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, the student’s immunization record will be updated. Both the student and the school principal will be informed that the suspension has been lifted and the student can return to school.

Immunization clinics are available at the Health Unit for students on a walk in basis from Tuesday, March 20th to Friday March 23; from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students that are suspended can submit their completed immunization record in the following ways:

  • By bringing their immunization record in to the Health Unit to be updated
  • By having their updated immunization record faxed in by their doctor or nurse practitioner

Immunization records are accepted in person between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at:

  • Windsor: 1005 Ouellette Ave. Windsor, Ontario N9A4J8
  • Leamington: 33 Princess Street, Leamington, Ontario N8H 5C5

Once the information has been verified, the student and principal will be notified that the student can return to school.
 
Backgrounder
In an effort to keep our community safe and healthy from the spread of vaccine preventable diseases, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has been reviewing the immunization records of all students registered with the school boards.

Approximately 4300 students born in 2000 & 2001, with incomplete immunization records at the Health Unit received immunization notices in December 2017. Final notices were mailed home in February 2018. Most students have updated their records, with the exception of the 388 records that remain incomplete as of today.

For students with a medical condition that prohibits vaccination, an additional option is to complete and return an original medical exemption form signed by their doctor or nurse practitioner. For students requesting an exemption for conscientious or religious beliefs, completion of an educational session for the parent, provided by the Health Unit, is required. In addition, an exemption form must be completed, notarized and the original brought to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

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:

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

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

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