Provider about to give a vaccine to a young girlWhile the focus is on the COVID-19 virus it is important to stay up-to-date to prevent other diseases.  Students are required to have certain vaccinations to be at school. The State requires that all students, if they are in person or online, be current on their vaccinations. 

Every year the State allows students time to get the vaccines before the student is not allowed to come to school. This year the exclusion date is February 17. This means a student must be up-to-date on their vaccination by that day or they will not be allowed to come to school on February 18.

With the restrictions for COVID-19 in place it may be difficult to get the required vaccinations so it is important to schedule an appointment with your medical provider.

Other options for vaccinations include:

Lane County Public Health can provide low or no cost vaccinations. Call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-4041.  

Veneta Bi Mart is able to provide some vaccinations to ages 7 and up. They do have the Tdap vaccination that is required for all students in the 7th grade and higher.

The school will be sending letters home for students who are not current on their vaccinations. It is important that the student receives the vaccination to avoid being excluded from school in February.  

Remember vaccinations are not just for children. It is important for adults to be up-to-date on their vaccines also. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine for this year. Other recommended vaccines for adults include the Tdap, pneumonia, Hepatitis A & B, and shingles. 

If you need any assistance in getting the vaccines or have questions you can contact Nurse Teresa at tparsons@fernridge.k12.or.us.

Thank you,

Nurse Teresa

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