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March 5, 2007
Free immunization clinics offered for kids
  
Toronto Public Health is running free immunization clinics from March 1 to May 30 to help get children immunized. Twenty-seven clinics are being held in four locations during this three-month period. Parents whose children have not been immunized are encouraged to bring their children to one of these clinics.

“Immunization is an easy way to protect the health of your child and prevent the spread of potentially life threatening illnesses to others,” said Dr. Rita Shahin, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “It also prevents your child from being suspended from class for incomplete immunization records.”

In Ontario, children are required by law to be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. Children who are not immunized and do not have a valid exemption can be suspended from school.

It is a parent’s responsibility to provide immunization records for their school aged children to Toronto Public Health. Toronto Public Health reviews these immunization records each year and requests additional information from parents when incomplete immunization records are identified. Parents who do not respond to these requests risk having their child suspended from school for up to 20 days.

The clinics will be held at the following locations:

Crossways Mall - 2340 Dundas St. W.
North York Civic Centre - 5100 Yonge St.
Scarborough Civic Centre - 150 Borough Dr.
Etobicoke Civic Centre - 399 The West Mall

For more information and for a clinic schedule, please call the Immunization Information Line at 416-392-1250 (translators are available) or visit http://www.toronto.ca/health.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:Toronto Public Health
416-338-7974


 

 

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