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.
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Students with incomplete immunization records received notices in May, June, and again in August of this year. The notices specified the September 19th suspension date and informed parents/guardians of which vaccine(s) were missing from the student’s immunization record, how to provide updated information, and how to book an appointment for immunization.
Vaccines work to prevent disease in individuals, families, and communities. Vaccines are safe and effective in decreasing vaccine-preventable diseases in our community. However, we continue to see outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough in Canada. Immunizations are not just for kids either. Adults need to keep their immunizations up to date too. Everyone can contribute to decreasing the spread of these infectious diseases.
Every child should have a yellow card that keeps track of their immunizations. It’s the parent’s job to keep the card updated, and to report immunizations received by their child to the health unit.
Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects that are usually mild and brief. Most children are fine after getting a shot. Side effects are usually minimal and last less than 24 hours. In rare cases, a child may have a serious allergic reaction. The risks of a serious reaction happening are lower than the risks of the diseases the shots prevent. After your child receives a vaccination (shot), your child will be asked to wait for 15 minutes to make sure that there are no side effects.
The Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) R.S.O. 1990 is a law in Ontario that helps to protect the health of children and our community, and requires students attending school in Ontario to be immunized against nine diseases or have a valid exemption on file. The ISPA also requires the WECHU (Windsor Essex County Health Unit) to review immunization records of all students attending elementary and high schools to ensure that records are up-to-date.
This consent form is intended to be printed, filled out and returned to your child's school. If you require assistance with these forms, please call the Healthy Schools Help Desk at 519-258-2146, ext. 1555
Anyone of any age can get the hepatitis B vaccine. People of certain high risk categories are able to receive the provincially funded vaccine through our Health Unit.