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Kids without proper vaccinations will be barred from school starting February 20th.

School Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 20th

Lincoln County Public Health wants parents to know that children who are not up to date on all of their required immunizations will not be able to attend school or child care facilities on or after February 20th. State law requires all children enrolled in public and private schools, preschools, Head Starts and certified child care facilities are to be vaccinated against certain preventable diseases.

Parents whose children are not up to date on all required immunizations will receive an Immunization Exclusion Order in the mail and their children will not be allowed to attend school or day care facilities beginning on February 20th until their immunizations are up to date. Only children whose parents have filed valid religious or medical exemptions are excused from the rule.

“Immunization is a safe and effective way to keep the entire community healthy. We want to make sure children are fully protected against vaccine‐preventable diseases such as whooping cough,” said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division. “If school and child care vaccination records are not up‐to‐date, the child will be sent home.”

If parents receive an Immunization Exclusion Order for their child, they will need to have the child immunized and the record at their facility will need to be updated in order for their child to return to school or to the child care facility. Parents whose children still need vaccines should contact their health care provider or Lincoln County Public Health. To assist families in getting the required immunizations, immunization opportunities are available by appointment at Lincoln County’s two primary care clinics, at its four School Based Health Centers, and at the Lincoln County Public Health office at 36 SW Nye Street in Newport. No child will be turned away because of inability to pay for the required vaccines.

For additional information, please call 541‐265‐0587 or check the Lincoln County website at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/ for special immunization days and times.

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