Windsor-Essex health unit puts high school students on notice about immunization records

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Windsor-Essex health unit puts high school students on notice about immunization records

A pediatrician in Miami, Florida, administers a dose of HPV vaccine to a 13-year-old girl in this 2011 file photo. Photo by Joe Raedle /Getty Images More than 7,800 notices have been issued by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to secondary school students across the region that they will be suspended from the upcoming semester if they don’t update their immunization records. Advertisement 2 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. The measure is part of the health unit’s enforcement process on the provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act, which requires students to have shots for Hepatitis B, HPV, and meningococcal disease. Normally, these vaccines are administered during regular school hours — but the disruption of in-person learning because of COVID-19 over the past two years has resulted in thousands of students across Windsor-Essex not receiving their shots. In an announcement on Monday, the health unit said the 7,858 students who are receiving suspension orders have until Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. to show up-to-date immunization records to the WECHU. If not, those students must serve up to 20-days of suspension from school, starting Sept. 14. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has been advising the community about overdue student shots since the start of the year, offering catch-up immunization clinics at various locations across the region. Advertisement 3 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. In June, the WECHU sent initial notices to households with students whose records were found to be incomplete. Clinics administering doses of Hepatitis B, HPV, and meningococcal disease vaccine will continue to be held throughout the summer. Vaccination will also take place at the WECHU offices (1005 Ouellette Ave.). To book an immunization appointment, call 519-258-2146 ext. 4500 or visit www.wechu.org. Up-to-date immunization records may also be submitted online via www.wechu.org. More On This Topic Half of Windsor-Essex high school students need updated shots, says health unit Windsor-Essex vaccination efforts shift to ‘catch-up’ student immunizations Nesathurai: HPV vaccines critical to protect youth from cancer Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Windsor Star, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. By clicking on the sign up button you consent to receive the above newsletter from Postmedia Network Inc. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails. Postmedia Network Inc. | 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300Read More

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