The Simcoe Muskoka District Well being Unit is attempting to assist college students get caught up on routine vaccines they missed in the course of the pandemic with catch-up clinics in faculties.
The well being unit is partnering with native college boards to supply school-based immunization clinics at Simcoe Muskoka secondary faculties throughout February and March.
In early January, the well being unit mailed letters dwelling to the households of scholars whose immunization data are incomplete to inform them of what data is lacking.
Mother and father and caregivers of scholars who acquired a letter however already had their routine and required immunizations by means of their health-care supplier are requested to replace their youngster’s immunization file on-line.
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Throughout school-based catch-up clinics, well being unit nurses will provide:
- Required vaccines (Tdap booster for 14- to 16-year-olds, Males-C-ACYW (meningitis – supplied in Grade 7) and/or measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) if missed
- Second dose varicella (rooster pox vaccine) if missed (not necessary)
- Hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines which can be supplied in Grade 7 if missed.
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The well being unit advises that COVID-19 and influenza vaccines won’t be obtainable at these clinics.
The well being unit advises getting immunized based on the immunization schedule for Ontario to assist be certain that youth have the most effective safety in opposition to sure vaccine-preventable illnesses, and to assist cut back the chance of outbreaks in faculties.
The well being unit can also be reminding mother and father and caregivers that vaccination in opposition to tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and meningococcal illness is required beneath the Immunization of Faculty Pupils Act, whereas hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are strongly beneficial.
Extra details about routine and necessary vaccines given to college students and the illnesses they stop is out there on the well being unit’s web site.
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