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Oregon school children could be kicked out of school if not vaccinated

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SALEM, Or;--Oregon students will be asked to leave school if they don't have updated vaccination reports by February 17th.

They will be allowed to return once up-to-date paperwork is turned in to the school. Last year nearly 4,700 children were kept out of school. The goal this year is to make sure children are protected from any disease that could be prevented with vaccinations.

This not only helps keeps students safe and healthy, but also can save you money in the long run.

"It saves parents money if they don't have to take time off of work to take care of their sick and it saves health systems and health departments money when they can spend their money on prevention of diseases and treating other conditions," says Stacy de Assis Matthews of Oregon Public Health

Once again this February 17th deadline is only for Oregon school districts. And if you're worried about paying for the shots. Remember, in Oregon no one can be turned away from local health departments because they can't pay for required vaccines.