Oregon's Exclusion Day on Feb. 15 for students not up-to-date on vaccines

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Exclusion day is right around the corner, and some parents may need to schedule appointments to vaccinate their students before the February 15 deadline.

Under Oregon State law, school children must have up-to-date immunizations or complete the exemption process.

February 15 is School Exclusion Day. If a child’s immunization records aren’t up to date, they will be sent home from school.

Health departments sent out letters Feb. 1 to parents and guardians who have children that are missing the necessary shots.

Last year, more than 41,000 notices sent out for children that were not up-to-date. Nearly 7,000 of those kids were sent home on Exclusion Day.

Oregon has one of the highest exemption rates in the country. The state recently passed a law requiring parents to take a class on immunizations (either from a physician or by taking an online course) before their exemption is accepted.

In Washington State, children are considered "Out of Compliance" if they have not been fully immunized or filed an exemption. They must then, by law, be excluded from school or child care until they are up-to-date. There's more vaccine information on the Washington State website.

From the Oregon Health Authority:

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info--just dial 211 or go to No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Many pharmacists can immunize children age 7 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

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