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Sudbury dad Mark Nyman says daughter nearly expelled from school over vaccine-tracking glitch

A glitch in the regional health unit's vaccination-tracking system caused problems for a high school student, her father says, when he was told she would be expelled from school for not complying with immunization rules.

Problem caused by new immunization computer system, which had duplicate files

Mark Nyman received a notice earlier this year that his daughter would be expelled for not being properly immunized, he says, even though her shots were up to date.

A glitch in the Sudbury and District Health Unit's computer system that tracks vaccinations caused problems for a 16-year-old high school student, her father says, when he was told she would be expelled from school for not complying with immunization rules.

Mark Nyman said he received a notice earlier this year that his daughter would be expelled for not being properly immunized. The province requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated.

The problem is, his daughter's shots were up to date, Nyman said. He just couldn't find his copy of the records because he was moving. 

"I pleaded with them that I didn't have the documentation, I needed time. And they flat out told me that she would be expelled on this particular day within a few days if I didn't come up with those records, and they were very adamant about it," he said.

Duplicate dossiers

It turned out that the health unit did have the vaccination records for his daughter, but they were under different variations of her name.

Nyman said the matter was eventually resolved.

We have remedied the duplicate records that we have identified.- Lisa Schell, Sudbury and District Health Unit

But the Sudbury and District Health Unit said 1,300 parents received a suspension notice similar to the one Nyman got. So, he's urging other parents to be pro-active if they receive the notices.
    
"My concern remains with the rest of the public who many not take a pro-active stance in resolving this and just go along with the issue and accept it as is," he said. 

Lisa Schell, who oversees the health unit's vaccination computer system, said it was new last year and there were some issues.
    
"We do work very hard, and we have remedied the duplicate records that we have identified," she said. 

There will be fewer problems now that the system is in its second year, said Schell.

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