New legislation proposes changes to school aged children getting immunized
Ontario introduced legislation today that would, if passed, strengthen the requirements to obtain exemptions for mandatory school vaccines and improve how these vaccines are reported.
The proposed amendments to the Immunization of School Pupils Act would require parents and guardians who are considering not immunizing their children for non-medical reasons to participate in an education session delivered by their local public health unit.
Parents or guardians would have to complete this session before obtaining a vaccine exemption.
Strengthening exemption requirements for school vaccines is part of Immunization 2020–Ontario’s five year strategy to improve its publicly-funded immunization program.
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