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Health unit to resume student immunization policy next school year

Local kids will have one more summer break to get up to date on routine vaccinations.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) officials say the plan is to resume enforcing vaccination records in the 2023-2024 school year.

To attend school in Ontario, children aged four to 17 need to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, chickenpox, and meningococcal disease.

The health unit put enforcement of those vaccinations on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SMDHU officials say there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up before the deadline, and will send letters with a list of clinics to students who lack updated records. High school students will get those in January, and elementary students in June.

To view the immunization schedule or submit a vaccination record, visit SMDHU’s website. You can also fax 705-726-3962, and call 705-721-7520 with any questions.

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