659 elementary school students in Ontario suspended for incomplete immunization records

659 elementary school students in Ontario suspended for incomplete immunization records

Parents: it’s time to move to a vaccine choice friendly state or start homeschooling because things are getting rough. Yes, this story is out of Canada but unless something drastic happens, the writing is on the wall.

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While we don’t know the exact schools, we do know that 659 elementary school students, grades 1-4, in the Windsor, Ont., area were suspended after determining their immunization records weren’t up to date. (In Canada, students have to show proof of immunization against meningococcal disease, whooping cough, chickenpox, tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, and rubella OR have an exemption on file, in order to attend school.)

This is the second time a suspension has happened. In February, almost 700 11th and 12th graders in Windsor and Essex County were suspended because of incomplete immunization records. One parent, who isn’t particularly worried about the suspension or immunizations remarked that officials never worried about immunizations when he was a child, and he’s survived. Preach.

Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board spokesperson Stephen Fields said, “The health unit has been sending lists on almost a daily basis to principals … and we leave it up to the principals to have those one-on-one conversations. But there’s always going to be a certain segment of the population that didn’t get the memo.”1

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And for those parents who did get the memo and still aren’t going to vaccinate, they have to apply for an exemption: 2

“Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 645, students must be immunized against meningoccal, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and varicella (for those born on or after January 1, 2010) or have a valid Medical, or Conscience or Religious Belief exemption on file at the Health Unit.

Conscience or Religious Belief exemption package:

Contact the Healthy Schools department at 519-258-2146 ext. 1222 to request an exemption package and book a required education session.

The original exemption form must be:

  • Signed and stamped by a commissioner of oaths, notary public, or justice of the peace.
  • The original must be returned to the Health Unit.

Medical Exemption:

Contact our Healthy Schools department at 519-258-2146 ext. 1222 to request a Medical Exemption package to bring to your doctor or nurse practitioner.

If your child cannot be immunized due to medical reasons, speak to your doctor or nurse practitioner about completing the Statement of Medical Exemption.

The original exemption form must be:

  • Completed by your doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • The original must be returned to the Health Unit.

Young children in group settings, such as child care centers or schools, are at a higher risk of becoming infected with vaccine preventable diseases. If you choose not to immunize, be sure you understand the risks and responsibilities involved.

What will happen to my child during an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease?

  1. If your child is properly immunized for the disease identified in the outbreak, your child will be allowed to remain in school or daycare.
  2. If your child is not up-to-date for the vaccine identified in the outbreak, the Medical Officer of Health will determine if your child is at risk and may exclude your child for their own protection.
    1. Exempted children are at greater risk of getting ill during an outbreak. Most are likely to be excluded from school or daycare.
  3. If you have an exemption document on file, you’ll be contacted directly and informed that your child is excluded from school or daycare until further notice.
    1. The school and daycare administrators will also be contacted to help enforce the exclusion.
  4. If your child is exempted and you choose to have your child immunized, it may take up to two weeks before your child is allowed back at school or daycare.

Once the outbreak is over or your child has developed protection through immunization, you and the school or daycare administrator will be notified that your child may return.”

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Thankfully, there are still places where you can get an exemption but even those places are disappearing.

Sources and References

  1. CBC, September 28, 2017.
  2. CBC, September 28, 2017.

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