Free immunization clinics offered for kids

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - 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

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