Many families don’t know that they need to update the health unit every time their child receives a new immunization from their health care provider. Having an up-to-date student immunization record on file with the health unit is required for every student. If this information is not provided to the health unit, students may be suspended from school. That’s why we’re sending out a reminder to parents to update student immunization records now.
What information is required?
All students in elementary and secondary school must have proof of up-to-date immunizations for their age according to the provincial publicly-funded schedule for the following:
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Polio;
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella;
- Meningococcal disease;
- Chickenpox (varicella).
Note: two-doses of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine are required for all students born in 2010 or later.
You can also visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website to see a copy of the recommended immunization schedule. If your child will not be getting these vaccines, you must provide the health unit with a valid medical exemption or affidavit.
Follow these steps to help protect everyone in your school community:
- CHECK your child’s yellow immunization card.
- CONTACT your health care provider to get a record or to get missing vaccines.
- SHARE the complete record with us at www.smdhu.org/immsonline or fax the record to the health unit at 705-726-3962.
If you have any questions about your child’s vaccinations, give Health Connection a call at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. The nurses can help make sure your child is immunized according to the recommended schedule and their records are up-to date.
~Stephanie Ross RN
Follow the Healthy Schools team on Twitter @SMHealthySchool