Monday, February 29, 2016

Ont. students facing suspension over incomplete vaccination records

Suspensions could be on the way for tens of thousands of students in the Greater Toronto Area who haven’t submitted updated information about their vaccinations.

In Toronto alone, 45,000 elementary and high school students are about to get notices that they are being suspended because they either haven't had all their vaccinations or because their parents have yet to submit the paperwork showing they are up to date.

Thousands more students are facing the same fate in the Halton and Peel regions.

Under Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act, all students in the province must be immunized against six diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Most children get these vaccines when they’re babies and toddlers, but teens also need booster shots against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis when they’re between the ages of 14 and 16.

It is up to parents -- not their children’s doctors -- to alert their local public health units when their children receive new vaccinations.  (more...)

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