Vaccines play an important role in preventing illness across the lifespan, not just in little ones.
Here’s some general information on immunizations from the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC:
OHA Espanol: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/VACCINESIMMUNIZATION/GETTINGIMMUNIZED/Pages/Tosferina.aspx
2014-17 Douglas County 2 yr. old Immunization Rates: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/VACCINESIMMUNIZATION/Documents/county/Douglas.pdf[WPSM_AC id=732] [WPSM_AC id=733]
Additionally, Oregon law requires all children (who have not provided valid documentation of a medical or non-medical exemption) to be up to date on required immunizations in order to attend school.
Every year Douglas Public Health Network conducts a review of schools’ student immunization reports countywide. If a student is not up to date on their immunizations with no valid exemption, an Exclusion Letter will be sent to both the school and the student’s parents. This letter will provide notification of the deadline by which the child’s immunizations must be up to date in order for them to attend school. Once valid exemption documentation or documentation that immunizations are up to date has been provided to the school, the student will be able to return. The exclusion date deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is February 19, 2020.
Well-visits, sick-visits and physicals (for camps, sports, school) are all great times to ask your child’s physician what, if any, vaccines may be needed.
Oregon School/Childcare Immunization Info:
Important Dates for Schools/Childcare Facilities: Timeline
Where to get vaccinations?: Where To Go