Walk-in immunization clinics open next week

POLK COUNTY — Polk County Public Health is holding walk-in immunization clinics on Tuesday and Feb. 17 ahead of School Exclusion Day.

No appointment is needed for the clinics, which are a chance to assure children have updated vaccinations and can continue to attend classes.

The clinics run from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. both days at Polk County Public Health, Academy Building, suite 302, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.

Parents need to bring a copy of the immunization letter listing the required vaccines.

Feb. 17 is School Exclusion Day, the deadline for students or children in child care to have updated vaccinations.

Under state law, all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

Vaccines requirements have been updated. Now the hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in child care, preschool and kindergarten through seventh grade.

Parents of children with old exemptions on file signed before March 2014 will need to submit updated documentation.

If parents want a nonmedical exemption, they need to turn in a Vaccine Education Certificate showing that they've received education about vaccines, either from a health care practitioner or from the online vaccine education module.

The parent also needs to sign a new Certificate of Immunization Status. For More information about exemptions: http://www.health-oregon.org/vaccineexemption.

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