NewsChildren vaccinated in record numbers in 2017 SHARE ON: Phil McCabe, contributor, Thursday, Jul. 19th, 2018 Photo supplied by: Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health UnitThe World Health Organization says that 2017 was a record year for childhood vaccines.2017 saw 123 million children worldwide get vaccinated for DTP or Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis. The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit says that although the DTP vaccine is given worldwide, there is a series of 10 vaccinations that Ontario students are required to get. The HKPR says that locally speaking 690 elementary school students between September of last year and June of this year were vaccinated. The HKPR says that there were 100 exemptions to the vaccinations due to religious or personal beliefs.Bill Eekhoff of the HKPR says that Ontario students are required to get vaccines for Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, Chicken Pox, and more. The DTP vaccine, which is given to children across the planet is safe, very seldom causing more than swelling around the injection site and a loss of appetite. HKPR believes that vaccinations are one of the safest and most effective ways to protect children from illness and even death caused by many serious and contagious diseases.