POLK COUNTY -- The new year will be here before you know it, and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that now is the time to make sure kids' vaccination records are complete.
State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations or have a religious or medical exemption.
Parents or guardians will receive a letter in late January or early February if their child's immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or child care starting Feb. 16 if their records on file show missing immunizations.
This year, parents should take particular note of changes regarding Hib, Tdap and Hepatitis A vaccine requirements.
Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call Oregon SafeNet at 1-800-723-3638. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines.
Additional information on school immunizations can be found at www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/imm/school.