Are you immunized?

WINCHESTER – In all, immunization rates among school-aged children throughout the region are well above average.

That’s the appearance anyway from the latest batch released by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which highlights the coverage against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, and rubella, for students ages seven to 17.

In the 2018-2019 school year, the overall coverage rate for vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis was 92.6 per cent, and 95.1 per cent for measles, mumps and rubella.

It’s the latter three that has public health officials concerned, as outbreaks have become more common.

Among Chesterville Public School’s 98 students, coverage is listed as 98 and 99 per cent, with no exemptions.

South Mountain’s Nationview Public School (126 students) had 97.6 and 96.8 per cent rates, with 0.8 per cent exemption.

North Dundas District High School’s rates were 91.9 and 97.5 per cent among a student population of 433, with 1.6 and 1.2 per cent exemption rates.

At Winchester Public School, with 283 students, the totals were 96.8 and 97.2 per cent, and an exemption level at 2.8 per cent.

In South Dundas, Morrisburg Public School (95 students) was at 95.8 per cent for each immunization and 4.2 per cent exemption, while Iroquois Public School, with 222 students, came in at 95.5 and 94.6 per cent and exemption at 3.2 per cent.

Seaway District High School, with 376 students, had rates of 91 and 95.2 per cent, and exemption at 2.7 and 2.4 per cent.

In the Catholic board, Chesterville’s St. Mary Catholic School had rates of 94.8 per cent and 4.3 per cent exemption, while Morrisburg’s St. Mary-St. Cecilia school was at 96.4 per cent, and 0.6 and 2.4 per cent exemption.