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Report: Fewer Kindergarten-Age Kids Getting Vaccinated In Oregon

Oregon Health Authority says Oregon kindergarten vaccine exemption rate increased sharply.

Posted: May 29, 2018 12:47 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Fewer children are being immunized in Oregon, according to a new report from the Oregon Health Authority. 

On Tuesday, the OHA reported on a new state analysis that shows a sharp rise in the number of Oregon parents choosing nonmedical exemptions to vaccines for their kindergarten-age children. 

In 2015, the first year after a new law went into effect requiring parents to get vaccine exemptions, Oregon’s kindergarten nonmedical exemption rate fell from 7 percent to 5.8 percent, according to Oregon Health Authority data. However, since that initial decrease, the rates have gone up each year, to 6.2 percent in 2016, 6.5 percent in 2017 and 7.5 percent in 2018.

Nonmedical exemption rates in Oregon counties in 2018 for students in grades K-12 ranged from 1 percent in Morrow County to 10 percent in Josephine County. The OHA has a data map that shows each school's vaccination rate: http://www.healthoregon.org/immdatamap.

One example from the map shows all of Ashland's schools almost entirely in the red - labeled "Most Vulnerable" - which means less than 80.0% of students are fully vaccinated, according to OHA data. 

State law requires that children be immunized against diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis. The number of required vaccinations can vary depending on the child’s age or grade level and type of facility. Exemptions are also available. The full schedule is available on OHA's Required Immunizations webpage at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/VACCINESIMMUNIZATION/GETTINGIMMUNIZED/Pages/SchRequiredImm.aspx.

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Cases: 138168

Reported Deaths: 1880
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Washington19279179
Marion16740248
Clackamas12039141
Lane8767113
Jackson716996
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Deschutes519440
Yamhill329948
Linn321249
Malheur320155
Polk258140
Klamath255046
Josephine184536
Benton182014
Douglas177445
Jefferson173825
Union115117
Wasco111923
Columbia107618
Lincoln103317
Coos100915
Hood River98521
Morrow96610
Clatsop7075
Crook66113
Baker5825
Tillamook3702
Curry3255
Lake2535
Grant2171
Harney1816
Wallowa993
Gilliam531
Sherman470
Wheeler201
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Orange2232882638
Santa Clara980571234
Kern90213590
Fresno852741043
Sacramento834081157
Alameda70334894
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San Joaquin59395808
Contra Costa54951489
Stanislaus44184788
Tulare42759531
Monterey37285259
San Mateo33731340
San Francisco30308293
Santa Barbara26820265
Solano26494111
Imperial25581493
Merced25048324
Sonoma24935247
Kings19904160
Placer17675188
San Luis Obispo16652151
Madera13858151
Santa Cruz12771130
Marin11954163
Yolo11087138
Shasta9951129
Butte9757134
El Dorado800259
Sutter794383
Napa789347
Lassen526916
San Benito516648
Yuba504929
Tehama446846
Tuolumne344340
Nevada333274
Mendocino327736
Amador304932
Lake267332
Humboldt249425
Glenn201522
Colusa18549
Calaveras169523
Siskiyou148413
Mono11354
Inyo100729
Del Norte8732
Plumas6055
Modoc3903
Mariposa3514
Trinity3054
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