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Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 5 with Incomplete Immunization Records Suspended from School Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018  | 9 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County


The Windsor Essex County Health Unit suspended 578 students born between 2008 and 2013 with incomplete immunization records today. The school suspension can last up to 20 days.

Students who are suspended as of September 19th must 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 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at:

Immunization records submitted on the secure online website must have a record uploaded along with the inputting of information to be accepted.

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 parent and the school principal will be informed that the suspension has been lifted and the student can return to school.

It’s important for parents to note that if they would like their child to return to school the same day the record is updated, they will need to visit the Health Unit in person to obtain a rescind letter and present it to their school.  Otherwise, parents may wait until the following school day at which time the student will no longer be on the suspension list. Updated suspension lists will be faxed to School Principals each morning before 8:00 a.m.

To assist families in receiving any outstanding vaccines for their child, drop in immunization clinics are available for students at the Health Unit’s Ouellette Ave location from Monday September 17th to Friday September 21st and again, Monday September 24th to Friday September 28th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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 3200 students born in 2008-2013, with incomplete immunization records at the Health Unit received immunization notices in June 2018. 2300 final notices were mailed home in August 2018. Most students have updated their records, with the exception of the 578 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.

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