Today, most children in the United States lead much healthier lives and parents live with much less anxiety and worry over infections during childhood because of access to vaccines. Immunizations are one of the success stories of modern medicine. Vaccines are an important piece of community health. Vaccinating those who can receive vaccines provides herd immunity and protects vulnerable populations who cannot be vaccinated. Vaccines are a requirement for enrollment in school in Oregon.
School Immunization Process
Exceptions to the vaccine requirements for school enrollment include specific medical exemptions ( i.e. documented anaphylaxis related to vaccine administration by a medical professional) or a completion of a non-medical exemption per legislative requirements set forth by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
These requirements include:
- Completion of an online Vaccine Education Module from OHA
- A Vaccine Education Certificate signed by an Oregon provider ( MD, NP, ND, DO, PA)
Students who are not up to date or who do not have a valid exemption may not be permitted to start school or will be excluded during Oregon's annual immunization exclusion in February of each year.
For more information pertaining to immunizations in school, please visit the Oregon Immunization Law page.
IMMUNIZATION AND NONMEDICAL EXEMPTION RATES
Immunization reporting is a legislative requirement for each school district in Oregon. Colton School District is required to report the number of student's who are immunized and exempted each year from immunizations in the school district, and we are required to publicly post the information as well. Immunization and Exemption rates are listed alphabetically by school and county via the Oregon Health Authority.
WHERE TO GET VACCINATED