Immunization Reporting and Public Health

The BHNCDSB is pleased to work with our local public health units. We have developed a partnership that helps promotes child health and access to care. Some of the services that you will find in our schools, administered by public health, include dental screening, immunizations, and healthy school initiatives.

Reporting your child’s immunizations

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, all children attending school in Ontario need to be vaccinated against a number of diseases. In the event of a disease outbreak, your public health unit needs to know who is protected (immunized) and who is not.

Please remember to contact your local public health unit each time your child is immunized. Parents are responsible for providing this information so their child’s immunization record is kept current. Your physician’s office is not responsible for reporting immunizations to public health.

What if my child’s immunizations are not up-to-date?

Children who are not up-to-date with their immunizations may be suspended from attending school. The suspension order is issued by the Medical Officer of Health of your local public health unit. School and/or Board staff may not override this direction. When public health is satisfied that a child’s immunization schedule is up-to-date, or when they are presented with evidence of authorized immunization exemption, the School/Board receives notification that a ‘suspended’ child may return to school.

How do I contact public health?

For more information about public health services including immunizations please visit www.hnhu.org (Haldimand and Norfolk families) or www.bchu.org (Brant County and City of Brantford families).

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