EUGENE, Ore. -- Wednesday was Exclusion Day in Oregon, and health officials said 73 students in Eugene School District 4J couldn't go to school because they weren't up to date on their shots.
Officials said as long as children received the proper shots Wednesday, they can go to school Thursday.
Robin Wellwood, a nurse in the 4J school district, said vaccinations are more important now than ever.
"Most people that were born after 1957 haven't experienced measles outbreaks, they haven't experienced rubella birth defects, so all these immunizations are important to children's health now as well as their future," Wellwood said.
Eugene parent Jaime Whitsett took her son to get vaccinations at the last minute. She said her son was afraid to get a shot and that's why she waited so long.
"Especially with the measles outbreak, I wanted to make sure he was up to date with his vaccines and make sure he's healthy," Whitsett said.
Wellwood said the number of exclusions in the 4J district is actually higher than last year, but not dramatically.
"Last year, we were just at 53, so it's pretty much on par as last year. When we have immunization changes, those numbers go up," she said.
Wellwood said if your child hasn't gotten their measles vaccine, you're putting your child and others at risk.
"Let's say you go to, I don't know, science factory laser program on a Friday night ... there's a case," she said. "If your child isn't immunized and there's someone there that's coming down with it, you run the risk."
The Lane County Public Health office and other health offices had walk-in vaccination clinics Wednesday so any child that was excluded from school could quickly get up to date on their shots.
If your child still needs a vaccine, call public health to set up an appointment.
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