Province Beefing Up Vaccination Requirements

Students in Ontario will have to prove they’ve been vaccinated against more diseases before attending school this fall.

The Ontario government has added to the list of required vaccinations for the 2014-2015 school year.

As of this fall, students attending elementary or secondary schools will need to have proof of immunization against meningococcal disease, whooping cough. And children must be vaccinated for chickenpox if they were born in 2010 or later.

This is in addition to updated dose requirements for tetanus, diphtheria, polio and mumps immunizations. Requirements for measles and rubella immunizations have not changed.

The Ministry of Health says parents should double-check with their doctor or their local health unit to make sure their child’s immunizations are up to date.

When school starts in September, parents will be contacted by the health unit if their kids’ immunizations are not up to date.