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- Health Unit Issues ‘First’ Notices to Thousands of Area Students Who Do Not Have Up-to-Date Immunization Records -

Some students in the area may face an unexpected holiday from school if their immunization records are incomplete or not updated with the local Health Unit.

In the past week, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has mailed more than 6,500 first notices to students in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lake. Students who receive the notices are those for whom the Health Unit does not have up-to-date immunization records. Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, the Health Unit must ensure students attending school are immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. People who get these diseases can face serious complications, even death, which is why the Ontario government provides vaccines free-of-charge to protect against these diseases.

“It is not the Health Unit’s intent to suspend students,” says Linda McCarey, Director of Communicable Disease Control with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Rather, our goal is to protect everyone in our community from common diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. When most people are vaccinated, we are all better protected.”

Families who receive first notices this month are advised to contact the Health Unit as soon as possible and provide the missing immunization information. In many cases, students have received the required vaccines from a family doctor or other health care provider, but parents have not provided the records to the Health Unit.

“Records of immunization given by family doctors are not automatically forwarded to the Health Unit, so the responsibility falls to parents,” says McCarey. “For many people, the Health Unit notices are a necessary reminder to bring or fax their child’s immunization record to the Health Unit so the information can be added to our database.”

A follow-up notice will be sent to students and their families in late May if immunization information is still incomplete. Plans for the suspension of students with incomplete records will be reviewed at that time. Parents and guardians have until the end of May to respond to this notice to update their child’s immunization and provide the Health Unit with the required information. Families who receive a notice should immediately check their child’s immunization record and call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 253 or ext. 324, to provide any missing information.

In a few instances, parents or guardians who receive a Health Unit notice may discover that their child is missing one of the required vaccines. This is an opportunity for families to ensure their child is fully protected against the disease by arranging to get the vaccine from their health care provider. People without a health care provider can call the Health Unit to discuss immunization options. Students may also be exempted from vaccination for medical reasons, or by providing a sworn affidavit that immunization is against the parent’s or guardian’s conscience or religious belief.

“Taking action when you receive the first notice can avoid the unnecessary suspension of students,” McCarey adds.


For media inquiries, contact:

Linda McCarey, Director of Communicable Disease Control, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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