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Deadline for school vaccinations is Wednesday, Feb. 17

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School Exclusion Day is February 17 and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that their children will be sent home from school on Wednesday if their records show missing vaccinations.

The Oregon Health Authority said in a release that under state law, children in public and private schools, preschools, head start programs and other childcare facilities need to have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations by Feb. 17.

Any child that fails to have current vaccination records on Wednesday will be sent home.

School Law Coordinator in the OHA Public Health Division Stacy de Assis Matthews said the vaccine requirements help keep the student population healthy and safe.

“Immunization is the best way to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles,” said de Assis Matthews.

The OHA said kids 18 months and older must have at least a Hepatitis A vaccine by Wednesday. Parents must also turn immunization dates into the school.

The OHA added that any child with old exemptions on file signed before March 2014 will need to submit updated documentation.

If the parent wants nonmedical exemption, they must submit a Vaccine Education Certificate, showing they have been educated about vaccines by a health care practitioner or an online education module.

In 2015, local health departments sent 29,234 letters to parents informing them their children needed immunizations to stay in school.

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