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:


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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 2021-2022 school year was extended to March 30th, 2021.  

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.

Where to get vaccinations?: Where To Go

Child Immunization Rates

Adolescent Immunization Rates

Adult Immunization Rates