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Over 900 students suspended for not updating immunization records

Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 1:13 pm EDT

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Today is suspension day for elementary students who do not have updated immunization records.

Region of Waterloo Public Health says 931 students have been suspended. At the end of March, 2074 students faced suspension.

This covers both the Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

David Aoki, Manager of Immunization Services says they are holding clinics all week in both their Waterloo and Cambridge offices.

“The suspension order is for up to 20 business days. Technically, if the parents don’t do anything, the child will stay out of school until May 3rd.”

He adds their clinics have been busy and advises parents to come in early.

“The best thing to do is to come earlier rather than later. We won’t turn anyone away as long as they show up before 4 o clock, but the waits are quite long. It may be quicker to get an appointment with your family doctor and then report your immunizations to us after that.”

At the beginning of the school year, 20,000 notices to update records were sent out (including secondary students).

The suspension day for high school students is May 11th.

The province introduced three new vaccines into the immunization schedule in 2014.

A full list of required immunizations has been posted to The Region of Waterloo Public Health website.