Local health unit offering immunization clinic for Grade 8 students who missed spring shots

Hep B and HPV vaccinations being done one to two days a week

Some students in the region can play a little catch up as of early November, with the local health unit offering some vaccination clinics.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is offering catch up immunization clinics for current Grade 8 students who missed their Grade 7 vaccines due to the COVID-19 shut down in the spring. These clinics will begin in the week of November 2, and will be offered one to two days a week as needed through to the spring.

“It’s important that students complete the immunization series for Hepatitis B (Hep B) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV),” said Dr. Colin Lee, associate medical officer of health for SMDHU. “They need both doses of each vaccine for the best protection against these diseases.”

It is estimated some 2,200 students across Simcoe and Muskoka will need to be immunized. To book an appointment, visit the SMDHU website or call Health Connection at (705)721-7520 ext. 8827 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.