Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Clatsop County Public Health Department and the Oregon Immunization Program remind parents that time is running out to provide proof of up-to-date immunizations or approved exemptions for their children.

Starting Feb. 20, children will not be able to attend school or child care if their records on file show missing immunizations.

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have a religious or medical exemption.

Letters detailing immunization requirements were sent out to households earlier this year.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or the Clatsop County Public Health Department at (503) 325-8500, or call Oregon SafeNet at 1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3638) or 211. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Pharmacists can immunize children age 11 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

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