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News Release: Student Suspensions Will Begin September 19th For Students Born Between 2008 to 2013 With Incomplete Immunization Records

Published: 
Thursday, August 23
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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.

National Immunization Awareness Week

Event Date: 
April 21, 2018 (All day)

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.

Care for your Child after Vaccinations

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.

School Immunizations and Suspension

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.