Health Unit Reminding Parents To Have Their Children Vaccinated

As the new school year nears, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is sending out a reminder to parents.

Manager of the Healthy Schools Program, Judy Allen, says if your children's immunization records aren't up to date they could be suspended.

More than 3,000 letters were sent out in June to parents of elementary school students asking for current vaccine information.

Allen says there's a number of preventable diseases kids must be protected from.

"There's a lot of information out there that is incorrect about vaccines. So it's a very serious thing to do to not immunize your child. So we just want to make sure that people are aware of the risks of not being vaccinated."

Allen says they haven't heard back from many parents.

"We really haven't had a very good response. So, I think, people are on vacation, they're not really thinking about back to school. So we just wanted to make sure that we put out a reminder so parents can take their kids, get their shots done or get their updated records from the physician before the start of school."

Allen says, as of September 1, parents who don't believe in vaccination now have a new option.

"A parent who does not want their child to get their vaccine, exemption will require an educational session and it's a face to face session that takes about a half hour and it has to be done right here at the health unit. Prior to that, they could just fill out the exemption paperwork. So this is in addition to that paperwork."

Suspensions begin September 28 for students without up to date immunization records.

To protect the health of children, the Immunization of School Pupils Act became law in 1990.