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UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Patients waiting for shots with new shingles vaccine in short supply

Local pharmacists institute wait lists for shingles vaccine as manufacturer struggles to meet demand.


Latah County vaccination rates better than state average

The results of a study recently published in the journal PLOS Medicine found that only Oregon has a higher number of parents choosing to opt out of vaccinating their children …


100 years ago in Spokane: City promotes vaccination as 20 people contract smallpox

A Spokane Daily Chronicle headline said, “Vaccination! It’s Getting to Be Quite the Thing.” Fourteen people showed up at the city health office to get a smallpox vaccination.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

Spokane Valley City Council may lobby Legislature on vaccination proposal

The Spokane Valley City Council may take its advocacy of parents who want to keep their unvaccinated children in school during disease outbreaks to the state Legislature.


Panel recommends new, better shingles shot over old version

A federal panel recommended Wednesday that older people already vaccinated for shingles get a new, better shot.


U.S. health officials brace for potentially bad flu season

It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.


Oregon officials challenge low vaccination rate ranking

Officials disagree with a federal report which says Oregon has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S.


House Call: Vaccinations are a back-to-school essential

These days in addition to doing a lot of sports physicals for students wishing to join a team at school, I am doing wellness checkups and immunizations. Vaccines are more …


Risk of flu-related death higher for unvaccinated children

That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online earlier this month in Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of …


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has been removed by the Trump administration and replaced temporarily by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.


Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law

The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners jumped this fall from the previous year, with the percentage of students with all required vaccinations rising to 96 percent from 93 percent.


1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several …


Two vaccinated Spokane County residents diagnosed with mumps

Health officials say the MMR vaccine, which is 88 percent effective, remains the best way to prevent mumps.


Flu vaccination is nothing to sneeze at

We are lucky in the United States, the flu is – for the vast majority of people – a survivable illness. But that does not mean that it is just …


Editorial: Vaccinate your schoolchildren

Parents can help prevent outbreaks of chickenpox by taking the new school requirements seriously.


In brief: Spokane police investigate theft of officer’s rifle

One of the Spokane Police Department’s assault-style AR-15 rifles was stolen from an off-duty officer’s personal vehicle last month, and an investigation has led to an arrest in the case. …


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2015, 10:22 a.m.

Single measles case confirmed in Spokane

Health leaders are warning the public of the first measles outbreak in Spokane County in more than 20 years. So far, the outbreak is small – just one case, but …


Doug Clark: Don’t deprive the column of Fagan fodder

Calls and emails rolled in from readers wanting me to grab a pitchfork, light a torch and join the mob that is trying to chase Mike Fagan out of City …


Vaccine ‘trutherism’ thriving, at public’s expense

Cast your mind back to June, when the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby could deny contraception coverage to its employees. At the time, some people wondered how far this …


Foster parents decry flu vaccine requirement

A new Washington law is forcing foster care providers to make a choice: get a flu shot or stop caring for children younger than 2 years old. At least 50 …


Shadle Park graduate leading CDC effort to prevent meningitis, pertussis

As potentially fatal illnesses that spread easily, meningitis and whooping cough are diseases that make the news when infections spread. Behind the headlines, a Shadle Park High School graduate is …


Shawn Vestal: Pertussis epidemic a reminder that vaccination is crucial

My son got whooping cough last year. He didn’t whoop much. He didn’t miss much school. It wasn’t a big deal.


WSU students urged to get meningitis shot

Washington State University is advising students on the Pullman campus, particularly those living in dense residential housing, to be vaccinated against meningitis. The advisory follows the hospitalization of a 19-year-old …


Patients drive up for flu shots

Spokane residents got something healthier than french fries in a drive-thru Saturday: flu shots. The drive-thru influenza vaccination clinic, organized by Spokane Regional Health District, was the first vaccination clinic …


Health district swamped with swine flu calls

The Spokane Regional Health District has been overwhelmed with calls from people seeking to make appointments for swine flu vaccines, the agency said this morning.


2,000-plus sick at WSU

More than 2,000 Washington State University students have been sickened by swine flu during the first two weeks of classes, school health officials said. The outbreak of H1N1 influenza prompted …