Exclusion Day draws near for students without immunization
Next Wednesday is the deadline for any any student in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities to have up-to-date immunizations, or a medical exemption.
After Wednesday, all other students may be excluded from attending school.
Last year, Beaverton and Tigard-Tualatin school districts both hit immunization rates of somewhere around 94 percent and 100 percent, depending on the school.
"We think we are about where we were a year ago at this time," said Tigard-Tualatin spokeswoman Susan Stark Haydon. "The middle schools are always the focus because, since 2008-09, a Tdap booster became a requirement for seventh-graders."
Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
A spokeswoman for the Beaverton School District said the district initially sent out exclusion letters — for "incomplete or insufficient immunization" — to 1,142 students. As of Tuesday, that number was down to 561 students districtwide.
"Vaccinations are one of the most important and effective ways you can protect your child," said Jonathan Modie, a spokesman for the Oregon Health Authority. "The goal of Oregon's immunization law, including School Exclusion Day, is to make sure kids can go to school in a safe and healthy environment free of vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunizations prevent disease, keep our communities safe, and help keep down health care costs."
Parents wanting to claim a non-medical exemption to a vaccine need to either complete the vaccine online training or receive the training from their physician and provide proof of this training. Parents or guardians received a letter in early February 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 childcare starting Wednesday, Feb. 21, if their records on file show missing immunizations.
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