Oregon Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division

Rule Rule 333-050-0040
Statements (Records) Required


(1)

The statement initially documenting evidence of immunization, immunity or exemption under ORS 433.267 (Immunization of school children)(1)(a) through (c) must be on a Certificate of Immunization Status form or a form approved by the Public Health Division and include one or more of the following:

(a)

Evidence of immunization signed by the parent, health care practitioner or an authorized representative of the local health department;

(b)

A written statement of medical exemption signed by a physician or authorized representative of the local health department and approved by an authorized representative of the local health department;

(c)

A written statement of immunity documentation approved by an authorized representative of the local health department;

(d)

A written statement of nonmedical exemption signed by the parent, including documentation of completion of a vaccine educational module approved by the Public Health Division or signature of a health care practitioner verifying that the risks and benefits of immunizations have been discussed with the parent; or

(e)

A written statement of disease history (immunity documentation) for varicella signed by a parent, physician or authorized representative of the local health department.

(2)

If age appropriate, required for the child’s grade level, and the child has not claimed an exemption or immunity documentation, a minimum of one dose each of the following vaccines must be received for new enterers prior to attendance: Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Varicella, Haemophilus influenzae Type b vaccine and Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis containing vaccine. (See Primary Review Table); [Table not included. See ED. NOTE.]

(3)

Evidence of immunization shall include the month, day and year of each dose of each vaccine received and must be appropriately signed and dated to indicate verification by the signer.

(a)

If evidence of immunization includes the month and year, but the day of the dose is not provided, the administrator shall attempt to get the day of immunization from the parent, the ALERT Immunization Information System or another source. If no day is obtainable, the administrator may use the last day of the month to assess the immunization status for the child.

(b)

Pre-signed Certificate of Immunization Status forms without vaccine dates are not allowed.

(c)

If a Certificate of Immunization Status form is signed but not dated, the person who receives the form at the school or facility may date the form with the date it was received.

(4)

The school or facility may choose to complete or update a Certificate of Immunization Status form, by transcribing dates from, attaching and referencing on the form, one or more of the following records listed in subsections (a) through (f) of this section.

(a)

A health care practitioner documented immunization record;

(b)

An unsigned record on health care practitioner or clinic letterhead;

(c)

An unsigned record printout from the statewide immunization information system, ALERT IIS. ALERT IIS records may be placed in the student’s file without transcription onto a Certificate of Immunization Status as long as the printout represents a complete or up-to-date immunization history. If the ALERT IIS record is an update to the Certificate of Immunization Status, it may be attached to the original certificate without transcription;

(d)

An unsigned record printout from a computer system approved by the Public Health Division as specified in OAR 333-050-0060 (Primary Review of Records)(5). Record printouts for Public Health Division-approved computer systems may be placed in the student’s file without transcription onto a Certificate of Immunization Status as long as the printout represents a complete or up-to-date immunization history, and includes a history of chickenpox disease if present;

(e)

A written statement signed and dated by the parent; or

(f)

A statement electronically mailed by the parent.

(5)

The Certificate of Immunization Status form must be signed and dated by the person transcribing the information.

(6)

When a transferring student enters an Oregon school, the receiving school will attempt to obtain immunization records from the previous school. If immunization records are not immediately available, the receiving school may, according to school policy, allow the student to enroll conditionally. If immunization records are not received, the school will include the student on the Primary Review Summary report.

(7)

If the student transfers to a new school district, except when the move is due to the normal progression of grade levels, such as to a junior high or senior high from a feeder school, the receiving school shall ensure that the transferred records are on a signed Certificate of Immunization Status form or another Public Health Division-approved form. The original transferred records that are not on an approved form shall be attached to a Certificate of Immunization Status form and the form shall be marked with a reference to the attached records, signed, and dated by the person transcribing the information on the form.

(8)

The records relating to the immunization status of children in schools shall be transferred to the receiving schools pursuant to ORS 326.575 (Records when student transfers or is placed elsewhere)(2) within 30 days.

(9)

When a new enterer is admitted in error to a school or facility without an immunization history, immunity documentation or appropriately signed exemption, the school or facility may contact the local health department to request that an Exclusion Order for No Record be issued, or include the student on the Primary Review Summary report.

(10)

When a child is determined by the facility, school or school district to be homeless and does not have a completed Certificate of Immunization Status on file with the school, the student will be allowed to enroll conditionally.

(a)

If immunization records are not received the school will include the student on the Primary Review Summary report or contact the local health department to request that an Exclusion Order for No Record be issued with an exclusion date of not less than 30 days after initial attendance.

(b)

School staff shall make every effort to help the family compile an immunization record for the student, including requesting a record from a previous school, ALERT IIS or a previous medical provider.

(11)

Where a child attends both a facility and a school, the school is responsible for reporting and for enforcing these rules in accordance with the school and facility vaccine requirements. However, because of the need for outbreak control when school is not in session, the facility administrator will be responsible for requesting that the parent also provide an up-to-date Certificate of Immunization Status to the facility. If the parent does not comply, the facility administrator shall inform the parent that in the event of a case of vaccine preventable disease the child may be excluded until it is determined that the child is not susceptible or the local health authority has determined that the risk of exposure within the school or facility has passed.

(12)

Evidence of nonmedical exemption must include documentation that the parent has completed a vaccine educational module approved by the Public Health Division or signature from a health care practitioner verifying that risks and benefits of immunization have been discussed with the parent. Information provided must be consistent with information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including epidemiology, the prevention of disease through use of vaccination, and the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

(a)

The Public Health Division will make available to parents a no-cost internet based vaccine educational module.

(A)

Criteria for the vaccine educational module must include:

(i)

Information consistent with information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

(ii)

Information about the benefits and risks of each vaccine for which a parent is claiming a nonmedical exemption;

(iii)

Information about the epidemiology, prevention of disease through use of vaccination, and the safety and efficacy of vaccines; and

(B)

A person who wishes to have a vaccine educational module approved by the Oregon Health Authority shall submit the module to the medical director of the Public Health Division, Immunization Program. For approval, the vaccine educational module must contain the substantive content of the internet based vaccine educational module made available by the Public Health Division. The medical director must review the module to determine if it meets the criteria in these rules including the requirement that a vaccine educational module present information that is consistent with information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approval or disapproval shall be made in writing. If the module is disapproved the medical director must explain the reasons for disapproval.

(C)

An official certification receipt to provide documentation of completion of the vaccine educational module must be in a form approved by the Public Health Division, Immunization Program.

(b)

A health care practitioner may discuss with the parent the risks and benefits of immunization and provide documentation for the parent to claim a nonmedical exemption.

(A)

The information provided by the health care practitioner must contain the substantive content of Internet based vaccine educational module made available by the Public Health Division. The content may be adjusted to meet individual parents’ concerns.

(B)

The health care practitioner will provide documentation to parents on a form prescribed by the Public Health Division that the practitioner has provided vaccine information to the parent.

(c)

Parents claiming a nonmedical exemption must provide documentation of completion of a vaccine educational module or a signed document from a health care practitioner to the administrator.

(d)

The administrator must keep a copy of the documentation of nonmedical exemption with the child’s Certificate of Immunization Status.

(13)

The evidence of nonmedical exemption from a health care practitioner or the viewing of the educational module must:

(a)

Have occurred within 12 months of the parent signing of the nonmedical exemption; and

(b)

Specify the vaccines about which information about the benefits and risks has been provided and for which a nonmedical exemption may be claimed for the child.

(14)

When a child reaches the age of medical consent in Oregon, 15 years of age, the child may sign his or her own Certificate of Immunization Status and complete the process for obtaining a nonmedical exemption.
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