No shots, no school: Exclusion Day approaches for local students

Children who don’t have a current vaccination record or a valid exemption on file with their school or daycare will be sent home on Oregon’s “Exclusion Day” February 19th.

“Most schools have notified parents if it looks like their children need a shot,” said Jill Johnson, communicable disease supervisor for Deschutes County Health Services. “A lot of times kids have had the required shot, but they just haven’t provided that record or update to the school.”

Johnson said last month her department sent letters to about 800 families with incomplete records.

To avoid being kept out of school or sent home, kids can get needed shots at school-based health clinics or their own doctor.

Oregon’s Exclusion Day is always the third Wednesday in February.

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