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Oregon Kids Without Vaccination Face Exclusion Wednesday

Oregon Health Authority

Children who show up to Oregon schools and preschools [tomorrow] Wednesday without required vaccinations won't be allowed in.

Last year, more than 46-hundred Oregon school children were kept out of school, because they were missing shots, or proper documentation. That's after health departments sent out nearly 30-thousand reminder letters to families.

Required shots include measles, mumps & rubella, polio, tetanus, hepatitis and chickenpox, among others.

The Oregon Health Authority counted dozens of schools with disease outbreak risks due to low vaccination rates last school year.

Oregon children can attend school without all their shots if they get a medical exemption signed by a doctor. Parents can also get around the requirement by obtaining a vaccine education certificate, either through a health professional or by taking an online course.

Children who are held out of school due to shots are able to return as soon as they get vaccinated, or submit exemptions.

Rob Manning has been both a reporter and an on-air host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before that, he filled both roles with local community station KBOO and nationally with Free Speech Radio News. He's also published freelance print stories with Portland's alternative weekly newspaper Willamette Week and Planning Magazine. In 2007, Rob received two awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and he was part of the award-winning team responsible for OPB's "Hunger Series." His current beats range from education to the environment, sports to land-use planning, politics to housing.
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