What parents need to do: Before a child starts school, the parent or guardian must complete, sign and submit an
Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status, showing compliance with state immunization requirements. The
information submitted must include the date each immunization was received. Certificate of Immunization Status
Which immunizations are required: Students must be immunized against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria,
tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A (some grades), hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), and Tdap (some grades). The number
of doses required varies depending on the student’s age and grade level. Some other important vaccines are
recommended by health care providers but are not required for school attendance.
Required immunizations for 2017-18 / Spanish
Where to get immunizations: Vaccines are available at many health care providers’ offices, many pharmacies,
Jackson County Public Health (541-774-8200), and Josephine County Public Health (541-474-5325). Call for
information or to schedule an appointment.
Locating immunization records: This article contains some tips for parents looking for their children’s immunization
records. Tips on finding old immunization records
Medical exemptions: If there is a medical reason for the student not to have immunizations, the parent must provide
a signed letter from a licensed physician documenting the medical exemption or immunity and the reason for it, along
with the completed Certificate of Immunization Status. Medical exemptions are reviewed and approved by the health
Nonmedical exemptions: If a parent seeks a nonmedical exemption from one or more required immunizations, the
parent must provide a completed Vaccine Education Certificate, available from a health care practitioner or from the
online vaccine education module at www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption, along with the completed
Certificate of Immunization Status. The Vaccine Education Certificate must be valid for all of the vaccines for which
a nonmedical immunization exemption is being sought. A separate certificate is required for each child.
How to claim a nonmedical exemption
laws about school immunizations. Religious exemptions received before March 1, 2014 are no longer valid. Parents of
Immunization and Exemption Rates
To provide parents with information to protect their children’s health, Oregon state law requires school immunization
rates to be published.