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Up-to-date vaccinations crucial as children return to school in Peterborough and area

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As families prepare to face an unprecedented and unpredictable school year, there is still time to make sure that children and youth are up-to-date on their immunizations. Unfortunately, we do not have a vaccine against COVID-19 yet, but living through a pandemic has accentuated the role that immunization plays in inducing immunity that allows us to socialize and carry on activities like singing in a choir or sharing a meal. Immunizations enhance and boost our natural defences that keep us safe from intruders like bacteria and viruses.

The Immunization of School Pupils Act mandates that students are fully protected against diseases like polio, pertussis and measles that can spread quickly and threaten lives and futures. Each year, local public health agencies like Peterborough Public Health review our records and send reminders to parents and guardians if a student is overdue for an immunization.

Without a provincial immunization registry that would allow doctors and nurses to record........

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