By Gary Carr
Sunday, December 18, 2016 2:30 pm ·  0 Comments
Starting now and running until mid-February, the Halton Region Health Department will be offering in-school immunization clinics for students born in 1999 and 2000 with incomplete immunizations who are at risk of school suspension. The clinics are being offered as part of Halton Region’s commitment to the health and well-being of its residents, since immunization is one way to keep children safe and healthy from the threat of preventable diseases.
The provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) outlines which immunizations students must have in order to attend school. Local health departments are responsible for confirming the immunization records of students to ensure they have either the legally required immunizations or required exemption form on file.
This year, students born in 1999 and 2000 who have not provided this information to the Health Department by February 16, 2017, are at risk of suspension starting March 1, 2017. Families with potentially impacted students received notices from the Health Department in July and are currently being notified in advance of the clinics at each high school.
“While the majority of families in Halton immunize their children, many are unaware that they need to notify the Halton Region Health Department about any immunizations their children have or do not have,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “In order to prevent suspension, we’re making it easier for students to get updated immunizations by holding clinics in their school and easy to report immunizations to the Health Department.”
Halton Region has made it easier to request an immunization record, receive immunizations and submit immunization records through an online photo immunization reporting system, accessed through both halton.ca/immunize and the new HaltonOne app available for users of Apple and Android devices. Families can also dial 311 or drop off a copy of their child’s immunization record to the Halton Region Health Department at 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville or any of the Halton Region Health clinics in Oakville.
To help promote the importance of reporting immunizations to the Health Department, Halton Region has also recently launched a short video which can be seen on the Region’s social media channels, as well as online at halton.ca/immunize.
For more information about ISPA and how immunization keeps children safe and healthy, please visit halton.ca/immunize.