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National Immunization Awareness Month

ImmunizationEUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of Americans die from vaccine preventable illnesses each year and recently, diseases like measles and pertussis or whooping cough have made a comeback.

The Lane County Public Health Department says today’s vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.

It’s important for infants and children to be up to date on their vaccines, in order to attend school, but adults should also consider immunizations as well.

“As adults, with risk factors, plans for travel, there’s also vaccines they need to get and also need to remember that the annual flu vaccine is important for adults and even for anyone 6 months and older,” said Cindy Morgan, Lane County Public Health.

Last year, Oregon had the highest rate in the nation of kindergartners who were not vaccinated for non-medical reasons. After the passage of Senate Bill 132, parents must now consult their doctor or health professional to qualify for a waiver of any of the vaccines.

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