LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Vaccinations are required for all children attending Oregon public or private schools, preschools, or Head Start programs. Coming up on Wednesday, February 21, is the deadline for children to recieve those vaccinations, or Exclusion Day.
Without vaccines or at least a medical or nonmedical exemption, your child will be sent home from school starting on that day.
Schools and health departments have been hard at work with families since the summer to make all of these vaccinations happen and documenting progress along the way.
Oregon School Law has been obtaining records for all children attending these facilities, tracking the ones who still need vaccines, identifying those who aren't complying, and then submitting that report to the local health departments.
That report was submitted 35 days before Exclusion Day, so that children who still needed their shots had plenty of time to be notified and take action. The advance notice is necessary because on Exclusion Day, if your child is not vaccinated, they'll be sent home, and a follow up report is sent to the health department 12 days later.
Lane County has made a decrease of 600 people they've needed to contact about vaccinations since last year. The health department sent out a little more than 1,600 letters compared to around 2,200 last year. They said each year over the last five years, they've sent at least 2,000 letters, so this dip was very significant.
Lane County Public Health will be holding a special Exclusion Day walk in clinic on Tuesday, February 20, and Wednesday, February 21 (Exclusion Day). You can come in any time on either day between 8am-11:15am and 1pm-4pm.
The state also keeps track of all records. You can find a visual representation of that here.
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