Children in Oregon Who Have Missed Some Vaccinations Will Be Sent Home From School

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Oregon Mandatory Vaccination

Many schools in the United States require for their students to be properly vaccinated. In Oregon, schools are making the requirements stricter. Those students who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations will no longer be allowed to go to school starting on February 21st. Some of these required vaccines include: whooping cough, polio, chicken pox, and measles. Local health authorities notify parents of students if their children are not up-to-date on their vaccinations.


It is important to note, though, that as a bioethicist from New York University, Arthur Caplan, stated, “Kids can’t choose. When parents make poor choices government should protect infants and children first." Therefore, children are not to be blamed for being behind on vaccines.

However, in order to protect other children, the state of Oregon finds it necessary to keep those children at home until they are properly vaccinated. In 2017, approximately 4,000 students had to stay home because of being behind on vaccinations. There is no data as of yet to conclude how many students were behind this year.


“Vaccination is a community act much as are gun safety and drunk driving laws. Oregon, by setting this tough standard, is looking out for all Oregonians, standing up for community values and public health," said Arthur Caplan.

Those children whose parents do not want to vaccinate them for personal, religious, or philosophical reasons are not required to, nor are children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. However, there is a requirement for parents to speak to a doctor or go through online education before being able to state one of these as the reason why their children are not vaccinated.

Mandatory vaccinations were being pushed for healthcare workers since 2010. Infectious disease experts say all healthcare providers should accept the flu vaccine or accept unemployment. Also, see this New Flu Vaccine Update That Will Make You Change Your Mind About the Flu Shot.

Reference: Newsweek.

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What should the parents who are against vaccines do now? The sad part about this is that the parents who are really against vaccines will end up home schooling their kids and will raise more individuals who don't believe in modern medicine.
What possible logical skepticism could a parent possibly have that would lead them to the conclusion to not vaccinate your children at all? The problem with this vague attitude is that it's been done to death already. The "OMG Mercury and eggs in our shots?" argument has already been addressed. And being "skeptical about the vaccination schedule" still means you vaccinate your kid if just later than suggested. Autism from shots is the deadest dead horse. So what's a reasonable reason to be skeptical about it and cone to the conclusion to not vaccinate their kids? If you held some belief that the companies could lifetime immunize people forever with one shot but were weakening it and splitting it several times, that still wouldn't justify not doing it. The same is true about any opinion on them making profit off of it, you wouldn't come to the conclusion you wouldn't vaccinate. There has been cases like the contaminated meningitis vaccine, but clearly that was a localized and uncommon event. Shittons of people get vaccinated without that issue. I don't see how a one off problem that most people don't deal with until going to college indicates you should vaccinate your kid for polio and mumps. So what's the obvious answer I'm missing that causes people to fall on the side of "resurgent epidemics of diseases are cool bro"?
Pediatrician in Oregon. It's awful how low our vaccination rate is. I'm head of my department and made the decision that we will not be signing non-medical exemptions to vaccines. If parents still want to opt-out, they have to complete a lengthy online module and print a certificate at the end. I also try to vaccinate at every visit no matter what they come in for. Generally I have a relatively high success rate with vaccine-hesitant parents. Still sucks though
Your immunity is going to be stronger after actually contracting a disease than after vaccination. Google it. You don't know what you're talking about so I'd suggest being quiet here.
Here in NC, parents only until a month after the first day of school to prove that their child's vaccinations are up to date or they'll be excluded from school.