Immunization Information

Public health warning: Pertussis (whooping cough) is on the rise
The Public Health Division recommends the pertussis vaccine to protect infants and the immune-compromised from life-threatening symptoms associated with this highly contagious respiratory disease.

Immunizations are one of the most effective means available for protecting the health of your child and the health of our community.

If you need a vaccination, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. If you don’t have health insurance or a primary care provider, schedule an appointment at a Clackamas County Health Center. Affordable options are available for people who are uninsured or underinsured.

Which vaccines do you need at each age? 

Zip code based search for the nearest flu shot and immunizations.

Get your Records

Need immunization records?  If you or your child received immunizations at a Clackamas County Health Center call 503-650-3195.  All others should visit the Oregon Health Authority.

Oregon Immunization Requirements

Vaccines are required by law for children in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities, and Head Start programs in Oregon.

Frequently asked questions about immunization and vaccines

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Vaccines are one of the most effective and successful tools to prevent disease, illness, and premature death from infectious diseases.

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Immunizing individuals helps to protect the health of the community, especially those who cannot be immunized such as infants and children too young to be vaccinated or certain people who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons.

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Vaccines prevent deadly diseases, and the benefits of getting immunizations are much greater than the unlikely possible side effects for all children.

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Millions of individuals safely receive vaccines each year. The U.S. has a long-standing vaccine safety system that monitors vaccines and ensures they are safe, and there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines threaten a long, healthy life.

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As a condition of attending any school in Oregon, all children are required to be immunized against 11 vaccine-preventable diseases, including: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis A and B, and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).

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For a child to be exempt from all or part of the immunization requirements, a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in a public, private, or charter school must provide one of the following an Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status, and if it applies, one of the following:

  • Documentation that a child should be exempted because the child has a medical condition that puts them at-risk of harm; or
  • A certificate to decline one or more immunizations for non-medical purposes

Learn more about the two types of exemptions: medical and non-medical

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For more than 50 years, immunization has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.

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No. The viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines. In a time when people can travel across the globe in just one day, it’s not hard to see just how easily diseases can travel, too.

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Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections. When you skip vaccines, you leave yourself vulnerable to illnesses such as shingles, pneumococcal disease, influenza, and HPV and hepatitis B, both leading causes of cancer. You also put others around you at risk by transmitting infections to others who choose not to vaccinate or cannot receive immunizations for age or medical reasons.

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Vaccines are an important part of your overall health. Like eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, vaccines play a vital role in keeping you healthy. Vaccines are one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. Experts recommend a healthy diet and exercise most days, whereas vaccines are typically only needed one time per year.

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Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death. Vaccine-preventable infections are dangerous. Every year, approximately 50,000 US adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases in the US.

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The US has the best post-licensure surveillance system in the world making vaccines extremely safe. There is extraordinarily strong data from many different medical investigators all pointing to the safety of vaccines. In fact, vaccines are among the safest products in all of medicine.

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No. Vaccines will not give you the disease they are designed to prevent. Some vaccines contain “killed” virus, and it is impossible to get the disease from them. Others have live, but weakened, viruses designed to ensure that you cannot catch the disease.

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No. Young and healthy people can get very sick, too. Infants and the elderly are at a greater risk for serious infections and complications in many cases, but vaccine-preventable diseases can strike anyone. If you’re healthy, getting vaccinated can help you stay that way.

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Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive. An average influenza illness can last up to 15 days, typically with five or six missed work or school days. Adults who get hepatitis A lose an average of one month of work.

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When you get sick, your children, grandchildren and parents are at risk, too. A vaccine-preventable disease that might make you sick for a week or two could prove deadly for your children, grandchildren, or parents if it spreads to them. When you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself and your family. For example, adults are the most common source of pertussis (whooping cough) infection in infants, which can be deadly in infants. In 2010 alone, 25 US infants died from whooping cough.

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Your family and coworkers need you. In the US each year, millions of adults get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases, causing them to miss work and leaving them unable to care for those who depend on them, including their children and/or aging parents.

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