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Student immunization records – Split Decision by Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik -The Wellington Advertiser – March 2017
“School board right to suspend … This year, over 1,300 county students have to prove they were immunized or face a 20-day suspension from school. … Ontario students must be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella and the Immunization of School Pupils Act gives the authority to the school to suspend students who are not vaccinated.”
This article does not mention exemptions under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, misinforming parents and students.
Thousands of students could be suspended unless immunized – As many as 5,000 students are not up to date on immunization records- GuelphToday.com – March 9, 2017
“He [Chuck Ferguson] said there are a number of diseases that students must be inoculated for in Ontario under the Immunization of School Pupils Act. There have been recent cases of measles and mumps in the area that are concerning, but the list includes a total of seven diseases. In the province, children and adolescents in primary or secondary school must have proof of immunization for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and meningococcal disease, a recent addition to the list. All are vaccine-preventable. ‘We’re taking on the full mandate to enforce the legislation,’ [Chuck] Ferguson said. ‘The province has asked us to do that, just to protect students.'”
There is no mention of exemptions available under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (Ontario) in this article. See our Exemptions page for further details. The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health commented on this post and they did not attempt to correct or provide appropriate exemption information.
School suspensions loom for hundreds of Grade 11 and 12 students – Windsor Star – February 27, 2017
“Hundreds of local high school students were scrambling Monday to confirm they’ve had all their shots, with the prospect of school suspensions looming Tuesday morning. The students in grades 11 and 12 had until 4:30 p.m. Monday to prove to the Windsor Essex County Health Unit they were fully immunized. They’re the second group of students targeted by the health unit as it attempts to ensure that all school-aged children are immunized and have the records to prove it.”
This article does not mention exemptions. The Windsor Star is a recipient of one of our 2016 Adding Insult to Injury Media Awards.