Hamilton Public Health is reminding parents ahead of the school year to review and report their child’s vaccine records to the city.
“Parents may not realize they need to report vaccines to their local public health unit every time their child receives a vaccination,” says Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Hamilton Public Health Services. “Public Health Services wants to work together with families to ensure we have complete records so we can safeguard the overall health of our school communities”.
Public Health says they will review upwards of 54,000 vaccine records for students ages 7 to 14 and 16 years of age, with the goal of screening all Hamilton area students by 2017-2018.
Students may be at risk of suspension from school if their vaccine record is not up to date.
Letters warning of incomplete records will be mailed out throughout the school year beginning in October.
The law requires that all children in Ontario attending school or daycare get vaccines to protect against meningococcal infection, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox) for children born in 2010 or later, tetanus, poliomyelitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and diphtheria.
These vaccines are available free of charge from your primary health care provider.
A valid exemption form is required for children who are unable to be vaccinated.
When reporting vaccine records to Public Health, you will need your child’s yellow immunization card or a record from their doctor that includes the following information:
- Your child’s health card number
- Dates your child received vaccines
- Vaccine names
Hamilton Public Health Services provides a number of ways to report your vaccines:
- Call: 905-540-5250 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 PM
- Fax: 905-546-4841
- Mail: City of Hamilton, Public Health Services, Vaccine Program, P.O. Box 897, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3P6