What school immunization rates actually mean

What school immunization rates actually mean

Statesman Journal
by Saerom Yoo
March 9, 2015

During Oregon’s debate on whether all school and daycare children should be required to be fully vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption, I have used Oregon’s statewide kindergarten nonmedical exemption rate a lot.

It’s the figure the state reports to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it provides public health officials a snapshot of what parents are choosing to do at that point in time, says Oregon Health Authority’s school law coordinator Stacy de Assis Matthews.

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Mandatory child vaccination bill losing support in Salem

KGW.com By Nina Mehlhaf nina SALEM, Ore. — Centuries-old diseases like measles have been making a comeback lately after an outbreak started at Disneyland, and spread to several cases in Oregon and Washington. But a bill in Salem that would make vaccines mandatory for kids for those types of illnesses, is losing support fast. Three […]

What’s NACCHO got to do with Oregon’s vaccine exemption fight?

Guest Author Medium March 6, 2015 Authors’ Note: This is part 3 of a 3-part series. Our first article discussed the Truth About Oregon’s Vaccination Rates and we followed up with a question about Who cried wolf in Oregon? (by declaring an emergency that doesn’t exist) NACCHO? It sounds like a bad acronym from an […]

Vaccination issue should spark open, lively debate

Hillsboro Tribune
By the Editorial Board
March 6, 2015

Last week, Gov. Kate Brown said Oregon needs to have “a broader discussion” about the death penalty and the criminal justice system.

We believe the same approach also needs to be taken with the issue of vaccinations in Oregon.

Currently, 7 percent of Oregon’s kindergarten students go without vaccinations due to nonmedical exemptions — that is, exemptions based on religious or philosophical reasons — which gives us the inauspicious rank of first in the nation.

That, however, may change this year. As the Pamplin Media Group’s Jennifer Anderson recently reported, under new rules adopted by the Oregon Legislature, those seeking a nonmedical exemption now have to earn a “vaccination certificate” by either watching an hour-long vaccine education video, or by talking to a health care practitioner.

It remains to be seen if Oregon’s new, stricter rules will result in fewer vaccination exemptions.

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