• Key date for immunizations is coming up

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    The recent outbreak of measles serves as a reminder about immunizations, with an important deadline coming up.

    Students in Portland Public Schools who have not gotten all of their required immunizations face a Wednesday, Feb. 20 deadline. That is the “exclusion date” set by the state for 2019, when any student who is not fully immunized may be barred from attending classes or district-provided child care.

    Families of students whose records show missing immunizations will have received a letter from the Multnomah Education Service District last week.

    Required immunizations can be fulfilled at no cost at a Multnomah County Student Health Center, seven of which are located on a PPS campus. Any student who lives in Multnomah County can utilize the services at any of the 10 Student Health Centers (three are at non-PPS schools). See the program’s website for locations, hours and phone numbers. It is recommended that you call ahead to make an appointment and to confirm that the center has the vaccines your child needs.

    (See a full list of immunizations is required by the state)

    PPS families who need translation help with the letter and requirements can utilize the PPS Language Line at no cost at the following numbers:

    • Chinese: 503-916-3585
    • Russian: 503-916-3583
    • Somali: 503-916-3586
    • Spanish: 503-916-3582
    • Vietnamese: 503-916-3584

    The state allows non-medical exemptions for vaccines for family that obtain certificates through one of two methods. More information is available on the Oregon Health Authority website.