Toronto Public Health is sending 45,000 first notices to students with incomplete or missing immunization data.
Officials warning that they may suspend children from school if they don’t update their immunization records.
Since 2014, children have needed proof of inoculation against meningococcal disease, whooping cough and chickenpox in order to attend school.
The updated list of vaccinations, is in addition to having been vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
At a news conference this morning, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins commented the action being taken by public health units.
“I know a number of units are making available clinics” said Hoskins, “I would encourage parents to do that, it is a legal requirement.”
The Ontario Health Ministry says all children aged 14 to 17 must be immunized according to Ontario’s Immunization Schedule.
Toronto Public Health says it is the parent’s responsibility to update their child’s immunization record and they are required to report to their local public health unit.