Are your children up-to-date on their mandatory immunizations?
The Grey-Bruce Health Unit has issued 1,762 suspension notices, meaning parents have until April 20th to provide proof that their child has been properly vaccinated.
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hazel Lynn, says "all students must be up-to-date with immunizations in order to provide a safe school environment for everyone and reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks."
Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), elementary and secondary school students must be protected against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, pertussis, varicella and meningococcal disease.
Doctor Lynn tells Bayshore Broadcasting News there are a larger number of suspension notices when compared to previous years.
698 suspension orders were issued during the 2012/2013 school year.
No notices were issued in 2013/2014, as student immunization records were being transferred to the new province-wide Panorama system.
According to Doctor Lynn, most of the children who received the suspension notices have likely been vaccinated, but their parents failed to notify the Health Unit.
She says parents often assume the doctor's office will alert Public Health to any record updates, while the physician assumes the parents have done the follow-up.
Doctor Lynn tells us about 100 kids are suspended annually for failing to comply, but the MOH expects that number will climb this year because of the notices issued.
Students can be suspended for up to 20 days.