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Kindergarten vaccine exemptions hit a record high in Oregon

There are many red dots on the map of Oregon K-12schools and their vaccination rates. The red dots show that fewer than 80% of children in a school have received all of their required vaccinations. Oregon Health Authority recently noted that non-medical exemptions from vaccines among kindergarteners in the state are at a record high.

So who gets to claim non-medical exemptions, and for how long? We get a refresher course on why people request exemptions from vaccinations, and the resulting effects on public health, in a chat with Stacy Matthews, immunization school law coordinator at OHA, and Dr. Paul Cieslak, Medical Director of Communicable Diseases & Immunizations.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.