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Alberta updating child vaccination records

The provincial government has tabled a bill that would require parents to provide immunization records for their children.

Currently, public health officials can tell unimmunized students to stay at home during an outbreak of a communicable disease like measles or whooping cough at their school. However, the government doesn’t have accurate records to show which kids have gotten their shots.

The hope is to bring immunization rates to between 95 and 98 per cent. Bill 28 doesn’t mandate vaccinations, but parents who refuse will receive information on the benefits and sign a form confirming their decision.

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