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...
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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
Health officials say 5 cases of measles confirmed in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — Health officials say five cases of measles have been confirmed in southern Texas, including four children under the age of 2.
Legislation involving child immunizations fails on first try
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation requiring daycare facilities and schools notify parents that they can opt out of immunizations for their children has been delayed due to concerns over how much the potential new law might cost.
The House Health and Welfare Committee on Monday voted to return the legislation for clarification to its sponsor, Republican Rep. Priscilla Giddings of White Bird.
Health agency investigating vaccine-associated infections
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky health officials say they are investigating after vaccines administered at workplaces in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio caused infections.
According to the Kentucky Department of Public Health, the company that provided the vaccines is Mount Sterling-based Location Vaccination. Most vaccinations were administered in central Kentucky after Sept. 1.
Northwest measles outbreak revives debate over vaccine laws
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout.
Idaho legislative committee OKs 12th-grade immunization rule
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state Legislature's House Health and Welfare committee is recommending approval of a rule that adds a second meningococcal vaccine dose to the list of school-required vaccinations.
Clark County reports first measles case since 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County has reported its first measles case since 2015.
The Southern Nevada Health District said Thursday that tests confirmed measles in an adult who had traveled internationally and who had been vaccinated.
The district is notifying people who might have come into contact with the patient between Dec. 10 and Dec. 18. A list of the patient's whereabouts and immunization clinics are on the district's website.
State lawmaker seeks to limit vaccination exemptions
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine Democratic lawmaker and other health officials are seeking to introduce a bill that would eliminate the state's non-medical exemption for vaccinations.
Tennessee health departments to offer free flu shots
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — County health departments across the state of Tennessee are giving out free flu shots on Dec. 5.
The state health department says the annual flu epidemic is expected to last many more weeks. Flu can be deadly, and the annual vaccination is still the best protection against it.
Betty Bumpers, widow of ex-Arkansas governor, senator, dies
Betty Bumpers, a former Arkansas first lady who advocated for childhood immunizations nationwide and pushed for limiting nuclear arms proliferation, has died. She was 93.
Bumpers, long married to former Arkansas governor and four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, died Friday at her home in Little Rock following a recent fall and complications with dementia, according to her daughter, Brooke Bumpers.
US advisory group urges hepatitis A shots for homeless
For the first time, a U.S. advisory committee is recommending a routine vaccination for homeless people, voting Wednesday to urge hepatitis A shots to prevent future outbreaks of the contagious liver disease.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made the recommendation at a meeting in Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to adopt it and send guidance to health care providers.
More Oklahoma parents seeking child immunization exemptions
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says an increasing number of parents in the state are seeking exemptions from immunizations for their school-age children.
A survey of kindergarten students last year found that the exemption rate increased by three-tenths of 1 percent from the previous year. The state's overall exemption rate is 2.2 percent, equal to the national median rate.
Naco residents offered immunizations in wake of sewage spill
NACO, Ariz. (AP) — Cochise County will offer immunizations later this month to residents of a border town affected by a sewage spill.
County health officials said Thursday a second clinic for adults who live and work in Naco will be held Oct. 26.
The clinic will have vaccines for Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus available.
State extends vaccination deadline because of Florence
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Florence, North Carolina health officials are giving families longer to obtain required school and daycare immunizations.
Officials: More vaccine exemptions could lead to diseases
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say the number of parents filing non-medical vaccine exemptions in the state has been steadily climbing since 2000, and they fear some children who have not been immunized against childhood illnesses could be at risk for serious diseases.
Some school vaccinations in Vermont below national average
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Data from the Vermont Health Department shows several schools in Vermont have immunization rates below the national average.
The vaccination rate for Vermont students in kindergarten through 12th grade was 94 percent, according to a state report .
Groups ask UW-Madison to require meningitis B vaccine
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Immunization groups and the mother of a student who died from bacterial meningitis are urging the University of Wisconsin-Madison to require the meningitis B vaccine.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Department of Health is reminding parents that making sure immunizations are up to date is an essential part of getting ready to go back to school.
It says school immunization requirements have changed for the 2018-19 school year. Two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine are now required for grades K-4, 6 and 12. Two doses are recommended for all other grades.