Thousands more students have been immunized in B.C. (Black Press files)

Back-to-school brings new immunization reporting

More than 700 students brought up to date in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows

More kids have measles immunizations in the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows School District this year.

In School District 42, another 720 students have been brought up to date, and across the province a total of 37,525 children are newly recorded as being fully immunized.

Following this year’s global measles outbreak, the province took action to increase immunizations and collect immunization records.

This fall, all public and private school students, including home-schooled children from kindergarten to Grade 12 who are enrolled in B.C. schools will be expected to have their current immunization status recorded in the province’s immunization registry.

Most parents are already in compliance with this requirement. Before the end of September, most parents will be able to check whether their child’s record available in the provincial immunization registry is complete by going to:

Fraser Health spokesperson Tasleem Juma noted parents who choose not to immunize their children will be required to speak with public health staff under the mandatory reporting program. If there is a measles outbreak children who have not been immunized will be automatically excluded from school for 21 days. That is the time it can take after exposure to measles for symptoms such as fever and rash to appear.

The new mandatory immunization reporting requirement is designed to increase the ability of public health to respond during an outbreak by quickly identifying those who are not immunized, said a Ministry of Health press release during the first week of the new school year. It also encourages parents to ensure their child’s immunizations are up to date.

The province initially launched an immunization catch-up program, which ran from April to June, to help ensure that school-aged children are protected against measles. Health authorities held 1,053 in-school clinics and 3,584 public health clinics across B.C. from April 1 to June 30.

During the catch-up program, 590,748 students had their immunization records reviewed. Parents and guardians of children who had missing or incomplete records were notified as well.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

High school trades workers compete at Westview Secondary

Students from Maple Ridge and Port Moody took part in auto service and cabinet making contests

CALL OUT: Musicians invited to perform on Port Haney Wharf

For more than 20 years Maple Ridge Historic Society has been hosting a series of outdoor concerts

LETTER: Stop the spiral towards climate catastrophe

Former Green Party candidate pushes for rejection of Frontier Teck’s mining application

LETTER: Abortion sign does not convey motherhood message

Maple Ridge letter writer upset issue is being covered by local media, even as letter to the editor

Fomer soccer pro wants to elevate sport in Maple Ridge

Russ Huggon to hold high performance soccer camp in March

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of turning newspapers into digital archives

Kelowna Capital News donated materials dating from 1980 to 2000

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

VIDEO: Giants winning streak now stands at 11

Team erased a 5-2 deficit by scoring every five minutes

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Most Read