News Release: September 26, 2019
Region of Peel – Public Health publishes new report on estimated school immunization rates
MISSISSAUGA, ON (Sept. 25, 2019) – The Region of Peel – Public Health today released the new Immunization of School Pupils Act: Estimated Coverage & Non-Medical Exemption Rates, By School report. The report details estimated coverage rates for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunizations and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) immunizations across Peel schools.
“What the data shows us is that the vast majority of students in Peel are up-to-date on these crucial vaccinations,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel.
Based on this data, the average estimated coverage in Peel schools is 94.6% for measles, mumps and rubella and 90.8% for diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Slightly lower rates for diphtheria, tetanus and polio are attributable to the additional vaccine dose required for diphtheria and tetanus in adolescence.
The average non-medical exemption rate for MMR and for DTP across Peel schools is 1.8%.
Data in the report is an estimate of the proportion of students that complied with requirements in the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Notably, such school-based estimates of coverage do not reliably approximate school population coverage rates for the following reasons:
- they are estimates for two aggregate groupings of diseases
- reporting information is collected on an ongoing basis and fluctuates throughout the year
- reported data only tracks students born between 2001 – 2011 (ages 7-17)
“This report provides a high-level overview of estimates of coverage within each school, but should not be used to assess individual risks,” said Dr. Loh. “The school environment is only one of many environments where exposure can occur. It’s important to remember that the best defense against communicable diseases is to be fully vaccinated according to the Province of Ontario’s immunization schedule.”
This is the first year the Region of Peel – Public Health has analyzed and published school-level immunization data. Staff will work with the school boards to review the benefits of collecting and sharing this data in the future.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Media ContactsLesley Hudson
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478