Couple seeks to stop release of more vaccine data
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut couple is seeking to stop the state Department of Public Health from publicly releasing additional information about immunization rates at private and public...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The battle to contain the worst U.S. measles outbreak in 27 years has a new front: summer camp.
Vaccinations have been made mandatory this summer for campers and staff in...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor issued an executive order Thursday designed to address the state's poor vaccination rates for children, but he insisted that he will respect existing religious...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom says he has concerns about enacting tougher rules that limit doctors from granting medical exemptions for children's vaccinations.
Tougher vaccine rules move forward in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved ahead Wednesday with tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren as a handful of opponents shouted...
VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty,...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Almost 1,200 kindergartners in Oklahoma declined one or more mandated immunizations during the 2017-18 school year with exemption rates at some schools surpassing 20%,...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of parents and vaccine skeptics have called on New York lawmakers not to narrow existing exemptions to the state childhood immunization rules.
Connecticut lawmakers should not become complacent with the state's high vaccination rate, public health experts said Monday, warning that clusters of unvaccinated students identified in recent...
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of people in the state who chose to not immunize their children for non-medical reasons has jumped this past school year despite a record-breaking measles outbreak in the...
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister is proposing fines for parents of school-age children who haven't been vaccinated for measles amid concern that the highly contagious and potentially deadly...
Connecticut public health officials have publicly released data for the first time showing how many students in individual schools are exempt from certain vaccinations for religious or medical...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state Senate moved Thursday to end philosophical but not religious exemptions to vaccines, amid rising concerns about disease outbreaks.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state senator used a bill to expand a voluntary statewide immunization database to push a long-debunked theory linking vaccines to autism.
Oregon House to vote on controversial vaccine bill
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House is set to vote on tougher rules for childhood vaccinations, after a key panel approved the measure Friday over the opposition of hundreds of parents.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health says more than 600 kindergarteners enrolled in Shelby County Schools last year without records showing they were fully...
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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top health official says increased use of immunization exemptions are putting the state at risk of an outbreak of diseases.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A panel of Missouri lawmakers on Monday considered enacting a ban on discrimination against unvaccinated children, an effort that comes as other states look to increase...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of unvaccinated children continues to creep upward in schools in the state.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A senior lawmaker asked Connecticut's attorney general on Friday to determine whether it would be constitutional to eliminate a religious exemption to the requirement that...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly 50 people who work at the Texas Capitol have been vaccinated this week because a page contracted whooping cough, a health scare that comes as legislatures around the...
SACAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would give state public health officials instead of local doctors the power to decide which children can skip vaccinations before attending school under...
NE Alabama hepatitis A outbreak grows
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health authorities are urging the public to get vaccinated after a hepatitis A outbreak in DeKalb and Jackson counties continues to spread.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A top leader of the Connecticut General Assembly and some of his fellow Democrats want their colleagues to consider eliminating a provision that allows parents and guardians...
HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — Health officials in mid-Missouri are searching for people who may have had contact with a person who has measles.
The state health department said in a news release...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics expressed support Tuesday for state legislation that would allow minors to get vaccinated without parental...
CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm,...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an unvaccinated Oregon boy who almost died of tetanus (all times local):
An unvaccinated Oregon boy who spent eight weeks in intensive...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new bill in the New York state Legislature would allow minors to get vaccinated without parental consent.
The legislation announced Friday by Assemblywoman Patricia...
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Ohio teen defied his mother's anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it's crucial to counter fraudulent...
Tennessee to spend $400K on vaccine promotion ads
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health is hoping to boost the state's immunization rates by spending $400,000 on advertisements promoting the value of vaccines.
Governor says Arizona is ‘pro-vaccination’
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey suggested Wednesday he would veto legislation that critics say would lead to fewer immunizations.
"I'm pro vaccination. I'm anti-measles," Ducey told...
Montana bills seek to ease vaccination restrictions
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are considering loosening the state's vaccination requirements even as Washington state deals with a measles outbreak spread mainly by children who haven't...
Arizona lawmakers consider religious exemption for vaccines
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers are looking at expanding exemptions from children's vaccine requirements as public health officials in the Pacific Northwest try to contain a measles outbreak that...
Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.
According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000...
Iowa Senate panel rejects anti-vaccine proposals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against people who refuse immunizations has failed to advance to a...
No new cases identified in Pacific NW measles outbreak
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Clark County Public Health has not identified any new measles cases or new exposure locations in its ongoing outbreak investigation.
Public Health spokeswoman Marissa Armstrong released a statement Monday saying the number of cases of the highly contagious viral illness remains 61.
Clark County, in southwestern Washington, has been the epicenter of the outbreak that began on Dec. 31, 2018.
Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears.
A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may contain the outbreak by April, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said. President Rodrigo Duterte warned in a TV message Friday of fatal complications and urged children to be immunized.
Southwestern Washington measles case count grows to 61
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Clark County Public Health has identified two new measles cases and two new exposure locations in its ongoing outbreak investigation.
Public Health spokeswoman Marissa Armstrong released a statement Sunday saying the agency has now identified 61 confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus.
Proposal to repeal Maine vaccine exemptions on to committee
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to repeal religious and philosophical exemptions to school immunization requirements in Maine has been referred to a legislative committee.
The proposal by Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono and several co-sponsors was referred to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on Feb. 12. Public hearings and work sessions about the proposal haven't yet been scheduled.
The bill strikes language in state law that allows exemptions.
Southwestern Washington measles case count holding at 53
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Clark County Public Health hasn't identified any new measles cases or exposure locations in its ongoing outbreak investigation.
The Columbian reported Wednesday that only one new case has been identified since Feb. 8. One previously confirmed case was ruled out after further testing.
There are also four confirmed cases in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland, Oregon, and one in King County, which is home to Seattle.
53 cases of measles confirmed in southern Washington state
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Health officials in southern Washington state say they have confirmed 53 cases of measles.
The Columbian reports Clark County Public Health officials have identified one new case since last week, and one previously confirmed case was ruled out from additional testing.
Louisiana’s flu season: Severe, but not as bad as last year
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is having a severe flu season, with New Orleans and three nearby parishes getting the worst of it so far.
State health department official Frank Welch says that statewide, more than 8 percent of patients are reporting flu-like symptoms to their doctors.
Williamson County sees spike in unvaccinated kindergarteners
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The number of unvaccinated kindergarteners in Williamson County whose parents claim a religious exemption to state immunization rules has increased by 62 percent over last year.
The Tennessean reports , this year more than 109 kindergarten students were listed as using a religious exemption. In 2017-18, that number was 67.
Governor urges vaccines as Northwest measles cases climb
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urged residents to get vaccinated Thursday as public health officials in Oregon and Washington reported a combined 56 confirmed cases of measles.
The Oregon Legislature will likely take a look at ways to tighten the state's immunization rules in the wake of the Pacific Northwest measles outbreak, Brown said, although she didn't point to any specific proposal.
"I think we need to strengthen our legislation," she told reporters.
Colorado Editorial Roundup
Aurora Sentinel, Feb. 3, on Northwest measles outbreak being a reminder of Colorado Legislature's vaccine failure:
A potential public health disaster last week in neighboring western states underscores why Colorado must end its perilous philosophical exemption to mandatory immunization.
Currently, there's not even a bill in our own legislature that would end the state's inapt vaccination exemptions.