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Catch up on routine childhood immunizations this summer

‘Measles infection is of particular concern given its increase worldwide including Ontario, and its potential severe illness in children,’ says health official
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This summer the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is operating vaccination clinics to help children and youth aged four to 17 years to catch up, keep up and stay on track with their publicly funded, routine vaccines that were missed during the pandemic.

The health unit recommends getting immunized according to the publicly funded immunization schedule for Ontario. This includes vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and meningococcal disease. Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that students be vaccinated for those diseases or have a valid exemption.

“Infectious diseases can spread among children and adolescents at school, and parents can help keep their kids healthy by ensuring they are up to date with their routine vaccination,” says Dr. Colin Lee, associate medical officer of health at SMDHU. 

“Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent infections that can make people very sick or cause long-lasting problems. Measles infection is of particular concern given its increase worldwide including Ontario, and its potential severe illness in children.”

Parents and caregivers whose children have not received all recommended vaccines for their age or are unsure of which vaccines are needed, should speak to their child’s healthcare provider or the health unit as soon as possible. They can help figure out which vaccines children have already had, which ones they still need, and when and where to get them.

Families with school-age children who are eligible or overdue for their routine and publicly funded vaccines and do not have a healthcare provider can book an immunization appointment  at one of the health unit offices in Barrie, Collingwood, Cookstown, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Midland and Orillia.

If a child or youth has already received immunizations through their health-care provider, parents and caregivers must update their immunization record on file with the health unit online.

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