Required vaccines have changed for 2016.
The new year will be here before we know it, and the Oregon Immunization Program wants to remind parents that now is the time to make sure kids’ vaccination records are complete. State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities be up-to-date on their immunizations, or have a religious or medical exemption.
Parents or guardians will receive a letter in late January or early February 2016 if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or child care starting Feb. 17, 2016, if their records on file show missing immunizations.
“The goal is to make sure children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. If school and child care shot records are not up-to-date, the child will be sent home,” said Lorraine Duncan, Oregon Public Health Division immunization manager.
We need information about immunizations for your child. If you had a religious exemption on file prior to 3/1/2014, Oregon law now requires an update.
Please bring the information by December to your school, or your child may be excluded from school this winter.
- If your child has received all the vaccines, fill in the dates and turn in the enclosed Certificate of Immunization Status form.
- If you would like a nonmedical exemption for your child, you need to turn in two forms:
- Certificate of Immunization Status—fill in the dates of any vaccines your child has received, and fill out the nonmedical exemption section by marking the vaccines for which you would like an exemption, and sign the form.
- Vaccine Education Certificate—get this certificate after receiving the required education about immunizations from a health care practitioner or after watching the online vaccine education module. For more information, go to www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption
- If your child needs a medical exemption, get a letter from the doctor with the information stated on the Certificate of Immunization Status form. Medical exemptions are reviewed and approved by the health department.
Requisitos de Inmunizaciones 2015-2016 - ESPANOL
Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call Oregon SafeNet at 1-800-SAFENET or 1-800-723-3638. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Additional information on school immunizations can be found at www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/imm/school.