Vaccinations required before school year starts

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According to Ontario legislation, children attending school in Ontario between the ages of 4 and 17 are required to be immunized against certain diseases or have the appropriate exemptions. If your child is up-to-date according to Ontario’s immunization schedule, they are not required to receive any other vaccines.

Children who have not been vaccinated are at risk of catching diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, and they can also put their schoolmates at risk – especially those who cannot receive certain vaccines for medical reasons.

At the present time, immunization information is not automatically transferred between the health care provider and the Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. The Health Unit has a legislated mandate to ensure that all school children are immunized or have the appropriate exemptions. Health Unit staff regularly conduct immunization audits to identify any students for whom we do not have up to date information. Keeping the Health Unit informed of your child’s immunization can prevent your child being unduly suspended or excluded from school.

To update your child’s record, contact the Health Unit by mail at: Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, 485 Laurier Blvd., Brockville, ON, K6V 7A3, Attention: Immunization. Or Fax to: 613-345-7038, or E-mail: [email protected].

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit provides routine immunizations for babies and children, regardless of whether or not you have a doctor or nurse practitioner. The health unit also offers publicly funded vaccine for adults. Health Unit immunization clinics are by appointment. The clinic in Kemptville is at 2675 Concession Rd. Tuesdays from 9:00am – 10:30am. To book an appointment, call 613-258-5941.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, has encouraged parents to have their children vaccinated before starting the new school year: “Throughout the school year, children are exposed to many serious childhood diseases that can be prevented through immunization. When they get vaccinated against a certain disease, they build up their immunity, making them stronger and more resistant to that disease. That’s why it’s important to keep your family up to date with the recommended vaccines.”

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