Suspension orders mailed to 900 parents

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit has mailed 900 suspension orders to parents of students at Chatham-Kent schools who still have incomplete immunization records.

Health officials say this number has been reduced from the almost 2000 notices that were mailed out in mid-January. Suspensions will be effective as of April 4th for anyone who remains overdue at that time.

Before booking any appointments, parents are asked to check their children’s immunization records to see if they have had the required shots. Many times the child has had the shots, but they have not been reported to Public Health. This requirement remains the responsibility of the parent.

If there is no record of the shot, individuals who have a Healthcare Provider are encouraged to book an appointment to receive the missing immunizations as soon as possible and report the shots to the Health Unit after receiving them.

For those without access to a Healthcare Provider, CKPHU will be holding clinics on the following dates by appointment only.

Thursday, March 16th in Ridgetown
Tuesday, March 21st in Tilbury
Thursday, March 23rd in Wallaceburg
Monday, March 27th in Chatham

To report shots, book an appointment or for more information, call the Immunization intake line at 519-355-1071 x5900. Shots can also be reported online at http://www.chatham-kent.ca/vaccinations or faxed to 519-355-0848.

Exemptions are also available upon request. Call the Immunization intake line for information on how to file one.

More information may also be obtained from www.ckphu.com or by following ‘CK Public Health’ on Facebook or Twitter.

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