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Every U.S. state requires certain immunizations (also known as vaccines, vaccinations, inoculations or shots) for children to attend school. Oregon’s immunization law helps protect kids and communities against 11 different diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and Hib. Some of these diseases are more common than others, but all still exist and can be serious.

To attend public schools, charter schools, private schools, preschools and childcare facilities in Oregon, students must have a complete and up-to-date record of vaccination, medical or nonmedical exemption, or immunity documentation for every immunization required for the student’s grade.

Immunization Requirements

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 2017-18Vacunas requeridas 2017-18

Where to get immunizations: Vaccines are available at many health care providers’ offices, many pharmacies, Lane County Public Health (541-682-4041), and the school-based health centers at North Eugene (541-790-4445) and Churchill (541-790-5227). 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 department.

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

Prior religious exemptions no longer valid: The 2015 Oregon Legislature enacted Senate Bill 895, changing state laws about school immunizations. Religious exemptions received before March 1, 2014 are no longer valid. Parents of students who previously had a religious exemption have two options: Complete the required vaccinations, and/or request a medical or nonmedical exemption from one or more required vaccinations. Students must have current school records of all required vaccinations or valid exemptions to continue attending school on and after Exclusion Day, Feb. 17, 2016. Information for parents about this change  


Immunization Rates in 4J Schools 

Below are the immunization and exemption rates, as of spring 2016, for each Eugene School District 4J school, as well as for 4J school-run preschool programs and four charter schools located in the district. Exemption rates for all schools in Oregon are available on the Oregon Health Authority’s website.

School Name

Number of Students 
% with
All Required Vaccines
Elementary Schools
Adams Elementary School 464 86%
Awbrey Park Elementary School 398 97%
Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School 421 96%
Camas Ridge Elementary School 411 86%
Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School 321 90%
Chávez Elementary School 408 90%
Corridor Elementary School 253 92%
Edgewood Elementary School 388 91%
Edison Elementary School 344 86%
Family School 142 51%
Gilham Elementary School 539 94%
Holt Elementary School 519 96%
Howard Elementary School 379 96%
McCornack Elementary School 342 92%
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School 314 90%
Spring Creek Elementary School 312 95%
Twin Oaks Elementary School 234 97%
Willagillespie Elementary School 476 95%
Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School 290 94%
Middle Schools
Arts & Technology Academy 303 84%
Cal Young Middle School 487 97%
Kelly Middle School 378 92%
Kennedy Middle School 412 95%
Madison Middle School 425 96%
Monroe Middle School 504 97%
Roosevelt Middle School 578 90%
Spencer Butte Middle School 441 88%
High Schools
Churchill High School 1,114 91%
North Eugene High School 85 97%
Sheldon High School 1,413 97%
South Eugene High School 1,407 87%
Early College & Career Options (ECCO) 257 93%
ECCO Child Development Center 9
Kids Down South 22 77%
North Eugene Preschool 16 81%
Charter Schools
Coburg Community Charter School 222 96%
Network Charter School 111 81%
Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School 243 70%
Village School 215 33%

* “Adjusted enrollment” — the number of children enrolled, adjusted to avoid double counting of children enrolled at multiple sites.


Immunization and Exemption Rates by Disease

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2015–16 immunization rates by school and disease


2015–16 exemption rates by school and disease


2015–16 immunization and exemption rates in 4J childcare programs