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Vaccines and Immunization
People of all ages
Immunization is the safest and most effective public health tool available for preventing disease and death.

Thanks to vaccinations, many of the infectious diseases that gripped past generations such as polio, measles, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus are rarely seen anymore, but outbreaks can still occur. Vaccinating our families according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended immunization schedules not only protects our loved ones, but our entire community as well.

Learn more about Oregon's CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award Winner, Christine Wysock

Improving immunization rates is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

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Shots are required by law for children in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, child care facilities, and Head Start programs in Oregon.
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ALERT IIS makes records available to health care providers; provides official records for school, child care, college and employment; and reminds individuals or parents when shots are due.
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Curious about Oregons immunization rates? How does your county stack up? Check out research conducted by the Oregon Immunization Program, including Population-Based Rates (PBRs) which provide state-wide and county-level rates for two year olds.
Many children through age 18 are eligible for free vaccinations through the Vaccines for Children program, a federally funded program that provides immunizations in Oregon.
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Questions about vaccine safety? Find the latest science-based information here.