Catch up on missing vaccinations before School Exclusion Day

February 15, 2014

Boy receiving vaccination

The Multnomah County Health Department will hold clinics Tuesday, Feb. 18. and Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 for children who are missing immunizations so they can stay in school and child care after the Feb. 19, 2014 school exclusion date. 

Clinic locations and hours are: 

  • The day before School Exclusion Day: Feb. 18, 2014 (9 a.m - 3 p.m.) Portland State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon St., 1st Floor, Portland, OR 97232 
  • On School Exclusion Day: Feb. 19, 2014 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) East County Services Building,  Sharron Kelley Room  2nd Floor, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham, OR 97030

For parents who received a letter:

Earlier this month, letters were mailed to about 7,700 families in Multnomah County to inform them that their children must be immunized. The letters are the final notice to parents of children in public schools, pre-schools, Head Start programs, kindergartens, private schools and other children’s facilities. About 119,000 children and students in Multnomah County must meet the state immunization requirements.

If families received an exclusion letter, they should bring the letter, along with their children’s immunization records, to their healthcare provider or clinic.

Families with health insurance are asked to see their regular medical provider. Uninsured, or underinsured families, should contact the Multnomah County Health Department Community Immunization Program or attend one of the upcoming clinics.

In 2013, fewer than 1 percent of students were actually sent home because their vaccination records were incomplete.

What parents need to know:

Parents of  adolescents should note that one dose of the Tdap is now required for students grade 7-12. Tdap is a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) booster.

In addition, the hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in childcare, pre-school, and kindergarten through 5th grade.

Health Officer says vaccines protect all

"Immunizations in school-aged children help ensure everyone’s health now – and in the future,’’ said Dr. Paul Lewis, Multnomah County Health Officer. “Vaccines protect each child, their school, their community, and especially those who too young or too ill to be vaccinated.’

“By preventing illness, vaccines help keep kids in school and we know that school attendance is a key predictor of life-long health and preventing chronic diseases.”

To learn more:

  • Multnomah County Health Department Community Immunization Program at 503-988-3406 or visit us here.
  • Multnomah Education Service District at 503-257-1760 for information on public school student vaccination records.
  • Oregon Health Authority's immunization site here