Public Health helping keep students up to date with immunizations

As part of the ongoing work of protecting students from vaccine preventable diseases, Niagara Region Public Health (NRPH) is resuming a review of student immunization records. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption of regular public health and education services, many students’ vaccinations are not up to date and/or Public Health’s records for those students are incomplete. Approximately 29,000 students in Niagara currently have an out of date record.
NRPH has recently mailed notices to high school students as a reminder that an up-to-date immunization record or valid exemption needs to be provided to Public Health. These notices are going to families who currently have a student with an incomplete immunization record on file. Notices to parents of elementary students will be sent out in January and February 2023.
Keeping students up-to-date on their routine immunizations is a critical way we can protect the health of our community from diseases like measles, chickenpox and polio. Unfortunately, we have more outbreaks than usual of these infections elsewhere in Canada and around the world. Getting students up-to-date with their vaccinations can prevent Niagara from experiencing similar outbreaks. In the event of an outbreak, Public Health relies on complete immunization records to quickly identify who is at risk so they can be notified and excluded from school until the outbreak is over.
Those who receive a notice and need to get additional vaccinations can call their health care provider, visit a walk-in clinic (call ahead for vaccine availability), attend a clinic held at their school (if available) or book an appointment at a Public Health clinic by calling 905-688-8248 ext. 7425.
Parents, legal guardians and students 16 years of age and older are responsible for reporting vaccines directly to Public Health as health care providers do not have to. All vaccinations received can be reported to Public Health either online, by phone, by fax, in person or by mail.
Please visit the Public Health website for more information on school immunizations.

Media Inquiries

Courtney Westerhof
Niagara Region Public Health
905-688-8248 ext. 7303

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