Some Halton students could potentially face suspension if they don’t follow recent requests from the Halton Region Health Department.
According to the Halton Region website, the Health Department is asking all students born in 2001 to 2004 (Grade 9 to 12) and 2010 (Grade 3) to report their up-to-date immunization records or exemptions.
Those with incomplete records may be at risk of school suspension.
Parents or guardians of high school students are also being asked to provide up-to-date immunization records, or a valid exemption, to the Health Department by Feb. 6.
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If they fail to do so, according to the Halton Region website, their child will be at risk of being suspended from school for up to 20 days, starting Feb. 7.
Parents or guardians of Grade 3 students have until March 22 to update their child’s records – the suspension period for these students would begin on March 25.
“The Halton Region Health Department supports the health and well-being of all Halton residents,” Dr. Joanna Oda, Halton Region’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, said in a recent media release.
“In order to keep our school communities safe from the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, we are reviewing the immunization records of high school and Grade 3 students to ensure they are up-to-date with important vaccines. While the majority of families in Halton have up to date immunizations, many are unaware that parents are responsible for updating the Health Department after every immunization.”
The Halton Region Health Department enforces the provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA).
This act protects the health of children and communities by ensuring students are up to date with their immunizations in order to stop the spread of vaccine preventable diseases.
Immunizations required for school aged children include:
- Meningococcal disease
- Varicella (chicken pox) – required for children born in 2010 or later
If students are missing vaccines, they are encouraged to go to their family doctor .
A list of doctors currently accepting new patients can be found at halton.ca.
Records can also be mailed or dropped off at the Halton Region Health Department, located at 1151 Bronte Rd., in Oakville.
For more information visit halton.ca.