Providers Want Children To Get Caught Up On Vaccines

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Vaccinations rates in children dropped across Oregon over the past two months as families sheltered in place during the pandemic and kept their children out of clinics.

New CDC Regulations Threaten to Dismantle Vaccines for Children Program

The policy changes would affect how providers store and replenish vaccines and have a severe impact on rural clinicians.

Significant federal policy changes could force many providers to opt out of Oregon’s well-established immunization program, potentially leaving kids around the state unvaccinated and with a higher risk of disease, state health care leaders and providers say.

Officials Say HPV Vaccine Underutilized

CDC recommending primary care providers administer it in their offices along with standard childhood shots

August 27, 2013 – A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this summer said the HPV vaccine is “grossly underutilized” by families with children in the recommended age groups – and that the lack of uptake has less to do with availability than with lack of good information about who should get the vaccine and why.

Health Departments See Reduced Demand For Vaccinations

While high exemption rates remain a concern, officials believe more families are receiving vaccines in primary care settings rather than at county clinics before school starts


August 21, 2013 – Getting kids ready for school means getting them vaccinated – and county health departments throughout the Portland metro area are hosting walk-in clinics and supporting schools and primary health providers to make certain they have stores of vaccines.

Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Vaccine Exemptions

Republicans opposed the bill on the grounds that vaccines could infringe on religious liberty, but Democrats argued the threat of communicable disease to children and the community outweighs those concerns as state drops below herd immunity for certain preventable diseases.

June 7, 2013 — The Senate passed a bill designed to reverse the number of children who enter public schools without vaccinations, putting in place new restrictions for nonmedical exemptions, despite partisan opposition from Republicans who said the restrictions usurp the rights of religious minor

Public Health Advocates Seek Stiffer Immunization Exemption

Oregon has the highest rate of kindergarteners who are not vaccinated, setting up the state for an epidemic, public health officials claim

February 21, 2013 — By the end of the 20th Century, vaccines had once common illnesses like polio and measles and whooping cough down for the count. But once rare infectious diseases have started returning in the past decade, as more and more parents have stopped having their children vaccinated.

Pharmacists Want to Give Shots to Young Children

Senate Bill 167 would give the state health director the right to allow pharmacists to immunize children in a disease outbreak, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson was concerned about letting pharmacists inject babies

February 12, 2013 -- If a disease outbreak swept over Oregon like this winter’s flu pandemic or the whooping cough epidemic declared in Washington last April, children under 11 could not get shots at pharmacies under current law without a prescription.

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