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Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit holding vaccine clinics to help children catch up

August 24, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

With the start of the new school year only a couple of weeks away, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is offering vaccination clinics to help children and youth aged four to 17 years to catch up, keep up, and stay on track with their publicly funded routine vaccines before classes begin.

“Many children missed out on receiving required vaccines during the pandemic, so it is particularly important that kids receive the immunizations that help to protect again disease like whooping cough, measles, and meningitis before they are back at school,” said Mary Ann Holmes, SMDHU Acting Vice President of Clinical Service. “Vaccination is safe and ensuring that your child’s immunizations are up to date is an effective way to avoid preventable infections that can cause serious illness and spread in the community and at school.”

The Health Unit recommends getting immunized according to the publicly funded immunization schedule for Ontario. Ontario’s Immunization School Pupils Act requires that students be vaccinated for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and meningococcal disease or have a valid exemption.

Parents and caregivers whose children have not received all recommended vaccines for their age or are unsure of which vaccines are needed should speak to their child’s healthcare provider or the Health Unit as soon as possible. They can help figure out which vaccines children have already had, which ones they still need, and when and where to get them.

Families with school-age children who are eligible or overdue for their routine and publicly funded vaccines and who do not have a healthcare provider can book an immunization appointment for the clinic at 29 Sperling Dr. In Barrie, or at one of the health unit offices in Collingwood, Cookstown, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Midland, and Orillia.

If a child or youth has already received immunization through their healthcare provider, parents and caregivers must update their immunization record on file with the health unit online.

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