Updated immunization services will help keep Oakville children healthy

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Updated immunization services will help keep Oakville children healthy

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Gary Carr

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In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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As part of its commitment to keeping our children safe and healthy, Halton Region is making it easier than ever to request an immunization record, receive immunizations and submit immunization records through a new online photo immunization reporting system.

“While the majority of families in Halton immunize their children to protect their health, many are unaware they need to notify the Halton Region Health Department about any required immunizations or exemptions their children have,” said Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani. “Local health departments are responsible for confirming student immunization records and students who have not provided up-to-date immunization information are at risk of school suspension. We want to make it as easy as possible for families to update their records and avoid suspension which is why we are introducing the photo reporting system.”

At halton.ca/immunize, parents can now update their child’s immunization records by taking an electronic photograph of the record and submitting the file online or they can submit immunization records by completing an online form. Immunization records can also be updated by dialing 311 or dropping off the record in person at 1151 Bronte Road in Oakville.

Halton has also created a convenient online immunization records request form if families are unsure of the immunization records the Health Department has on file for their children. By requesting up-to-date immunization records for their children, parents can ensure their children are following the recommended immunization schedule to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as complying with the provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA). The online request form is available at halton.ca/immunize, at halton.ca/311 or people can dial 311 to request their records.

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Halton is partnering with the provincial government to offer the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine free of charge to all boys and girls in grade seven, in addition to girls in grade eight.

Shifting the HPV school-based immunization program from grade eight to grade seven aligns with expert, scientific recommendations to immunize children between the ages of nine and 13 when the vaccine is most effective, in order to protect more youth against HPV.

The new improvements to Halton’s immunization services are examples of how the Region is enhancing its online tools to better meet the needs of residents while supporting their health and well-being. To learn more about which immunizations are required to attend school, to request immunization records and to report immunizations, please visit halton.ca/immunize or dial 311.

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