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Deadline Approaching for Immunizations

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MEDFORD, Ore. — There is one week left to make sure kids are up to date on immunizations or they won’t be allowed in school.

Starting February 20th, if there are any missing immunizations, your child will not be allowed to attend school or child care. The Oregon Immunization Program said this requirement is for public and private schools.

Also, if your child attends any pre-schools, Head Start or child care facilities, parents must show documentation. State law does exempt children for religious or medical reasons. The Jackson County Health Department provides immunizations from tetanus shots to hepatitis a for children of all ages.

In 2012, local health departments across the state sent about 35,000 letters to parents, informing them their children needed immunizations. It was reported that about 4,600 children were kept out of school because they did not have up-to-date records.

The Jackson County Health Department is closed on the weekend. So, health officials are expecting Tuesday of next week, the day before the deadline, to be busy. For more information, consult the Oregon Immunization Website or the Oregon Immunization’s Facebook Page.