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By Monica DeMasi, MD  

Oregon law requires children receive vaccines to attend school or a childcare facility. Here are the American Academy of Pediatrics vaccine recommendations. If you are following these, your child should be on schedule. If your child is behind and needs to catch up on vaccines, you have until “Exclusion Day,” Feb. 15, 2017.  

At least 18 months old and entering preschool or child care:

  • 4 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 3 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 1 Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A
  • 3 or 4 Hib 

Entering kindergarten or grades 1 through 6:

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 MMR or 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A 

Entering grades 7 or 8:

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 1 Tdap booster
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 MMR or 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A 

Entering grades 9 through 12:

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 1 Tdap booster
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 MMR or 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B  

Looking for a great family doctor or pediatrician? Several in the area are accepting new patients.  

Dr. DeMasi is a primary care physician at Samaritan Family Medicine – Geary Street. In addition to English, she speaks Portuguese and Spanish. She provides care for the whole family with particular interest in pediatrics and women’s health.