Did you know you need to report your child’s immunizations to the Health Department?
I didn’t (and I’m a nurse – hopefully that makes you feel a little better)! Before I started working at the Health Department I just followed the recommended immunization schedule, went to the doctors, got the vaccines and that was that. I didn’t realize I was supposed to report these vaccines to the Health Department.
If you were like me, no need to worry. You can report your records now, and reporting just got a whole lot easier by being able to report online. Yeah!! (I’m one of those that love everything online.)
Why is it important to report?
- It keeps track of your child’s immunization history (So no big panic if you lose that yellow card!)
- It helps avoid school suspension. Children must have the mandatory immunizations to attend school. The provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act helps keep our students and schools healthy by protecting our kids from diseases easily spread in schools.
I hope this information helps you. I know I found it useful. Let’s work together to keep everyone safe from preventable diseases.
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For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.