By law, students who are either overdue for one or more vaccines and/or who have not provided their immunization records to the WECHU can be suspended from school.
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WECHU maintains immunization records for all children in schools in the area. You can update your child’s immunization records or apply for an exemption.
Students are required to provide proof of vaccinations against certain diseases in order to attend school. If proof is not provided students can be suspended from school.
Every year, students in grade 7 have the opportunity to be immunized for free against hepatitis B, meningococcal disease and HPV at school. Consents and fact sheets can be found here.
Have questions about immunizations, a specific vaccine, a form sent home? Look here.
Infants and young children are more susceptible to vaccine preventable diseases because their immune systems are not mature enough to fight all infections. Children who do not get vaccinated are at greater risk if they come in contact with vaccine preventable diseases. It’s important for children to be up-to-date with their vaccinations. Schools are places where infectious diseases are commonly spread. As a parent, you can keep your kids of all ages healthy with routine health care and vaccinations. Vaccines are the safest and most efficient way to guard against some diseases. Postponing vaccines can be harmful because it delays protection.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is hosting a series of catch-up immunization clinics for students in secondary schools who have received a suspension order.