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Parents urged to present children's immunization cards at school

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2015 | 11:21 AM
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse

The health ministry is urging parents and guardians of children up to six years old to take their immunization cards to school to ensure that they are vaccinated under the current Measles Prevention Campaign.

The campaign, which runs until May 8, targets approximately 195,000 children in that age group.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse says health teams will continue to visit basic, infant and primary schools, as well as daycare centres to provide vaccines for children who have not been fully immunized for their age.

DuCasse says parents and guardians can also visit community health centres for get vaccines.

She says it is important that they take along the immunization cards and Child Health and Development Passports, both of which will be used to verify that their child has received the requisite vaccines for their age group.

DuCasse says in cases where the immunization cards are not presented the health teams will have to assume that the child has not received their vaccines and administer those that are mandatory at that time.