Ore. immunization req't takes effect Tuesday

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 in Health & Wellness

Story Updated: Feb 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM PST
By Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) – State health officials say children without required immunizations won’t be allowed at school starting Tuesday.

State law says children in public and private schools, pre-schools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must be up-to-date on their immunizations, unless they have a religious or medical exemption.

Two new vaccines were added to the list this year: Hepatitis A and Tdap. Children 18 months and older must take two doses of Hepatitis A within a 12-month period.

Seventh graders are required to take one dose of Tdap vaccine, which is a tetanus and diphtheria booster that also protects against pertussis, known as whooping cough.