Immunizations are an excellent way to protect yourself and your family against many diseases. Age-appropriate immunization starts at birth and continues through adulthood, with special emphasis through age two. Your health care provider can help you determine which immunizations you or your child may need.
Shots are required by state law for children in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, child care facilities, and Head Start programs in Oregon.
Nearly every place that provides care for a child outside the home requires shots or a medical or nonmedical exemption to stay enrolled.
- Get answers to frequently asked questions about the required immunizations (ODE)
- Learn more about nonmedical exemptions (Oregon Health Authority)
See what's required in 2018-2019
Note: Hepatitis A is now required for all children 18 months through 9th grade.
When do you have to get them
- To register for school each year, you must be able to show that your child has received at least the first vaccination in any required series of vaccinations.
- The deadline for Oregon students to receive all required vaccinations is the third Wednesday in February. On this day, children will not be able to attend school or child care if their records on file show missing immunizations.
- Health Services staff work with schools to make every effort to contact families to remind them of this deadline and provide information about resources that may be available.
How to provide information to your school
- Download a Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) Form (English)
- This form must be filled out by a parent/guardian. The school will not accept a blank one or one that only has a signature with no dates filled in.
- You can request a copy of those records from your child's physician and then transfer them onto the Oregon CIS Form.
Registering for kindergarten
- When registering a child for kindergarten, families must show immunization records demonstrating that their child has had the immunizations required by the state of Oregon.
- Again, the school will not accept a blank CIS Form or one that only has a signature with no dates filled in.
- If you're registering in the spring, you'll have time to schedule the vaccinations before school begins.