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During the pandemic, many high school students were unable to receive their routine and required immunizations. To help students get caught up, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), in partnership with local school boards, will offer school-based clinics at high schools in Simcoe and Muskoka.

In January, letters will be mailed to students and their families to notify them if the student’s record on file at the health unit is not up to date.

Nurses will be visiting local high schools in February and March to offer catch-up clinics. (COVID-19 and influenza vaccines will not be offered at these clinics.)

The health unit reminds parents and caregivers that vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and meningococcal disease are required immunizations under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, while hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are strongly recommended.

Parents and caregivers are advised to update their child’s immunization record and to catch up on any outstanding routine immunizations. Students with incomplete immunization records will receive notice from the health unit that their immunization record is not up to date in 2023.

For more information about routine and mandatory vaccines given to students and the diseases they prevent, please visit smdhu.org/Grade9to12. You can also speak with a public health professional by calling Health Connection, 705-721-7520 or 1-877- 721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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