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Brazil health ministry says 4 million kids need vaccinations

Brazil’s health officials say more than 4 million children still need to be vaccinated against measles.


Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo’s latest deadly outbreak

Ebola vaccinations began Wednesday for Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives.


Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus has killed at least nine people in Congo’s latest outbreak in North Kivu province, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday, while the World Health Organization said …


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

National study shows Idaho counties, Spokane among top ‘hotspots’ for children at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases

Public health officials have long known that the United States has pockets of vulnerability where the risk of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases is higher because parents opt out of getting their …


Idaho has high rate of students exempted from vaccinations

In recent years, Idaho has been a leader in vaccination exemption rates, but not in a good way, according to health professionals. The exemption rate, referring to students whose parents …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Idaho Senate panel OKs vaccination form bill

An Idaho Senate panel has narrowly agreed to introduce legislation allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children with a simple letter rather than using a state form.


Expert panel recommends more effective shingles vaccine

In a rare move, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommended, by an 8-to-7 vote, that the new Shingrix vaccine be preferred over the existing Zostavax vaccine because it …


Mumps prevention starts with vaccinations

Most people who catch the mumps will recover completely 10 days to a few weeks after they fall ill. This may make you wonder what the big deal is about …


Mumps outbreaks alarm health officials

Health officials are urging people across the state to make sure they’re vaccinated against mumps as the state is in the midst of two outbreaks of the contagious disease.


National immunization advocates to speak Thursday in Coeur d’Alene

Two nationally known advocates for childhood immunizations will give a free talk in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday.


Sorry, kids, your pediatrician wants you to get a flu shot this year

This year’s flu vaccine for children will probably have to come in the form of a shot, not those two little puffs up the nose.


Safety reminders as school begins

School districts have recently cracked down on vaccinations, and while they can’t compel parents to take their kids in for shots, they have been more assertive about requesting up-to-date records.


Spokane high school students due for chickenpox vaccination

New state rules are requiring all children grades 9-12 to have two chickenpox vaccinations. In Spokane, that means roughly 8,000 high schoolers are due for their second dose of the …


John Wiesman: Don’t forget vaccines on your back-to-school list

Last year, nearly 13,000 kindergartners in Washington did not have all the required immunizations to start school. This means that several thousand kindergartners are without the protection that vaccines provide


Second flu-related death reported in Kitsap County

Health officials in Kitsap County are urging flu shots and other prevention strategies after a child died of complications from the flu.


Vaccination urged as flu season has begun

Flu season is underway in Spokane County. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s time, experts say.


Washington woman who died of measles had been vaccinated

A local health official says a woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune …


Froma Harrop: Group consensus doesn’t equal expert advice

There’s been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough. Some say we …


Spokane council holds off booting Fagan from health board

A crowd of vaccination opponents hoping to dissuade the Spokane City Council from kicking Councilman Mike Fagan off the county health board erupted into shouts of “coward” when a chance …


City Council takes step back from removing Fagan from health board

About 50 people packed the City Council briefing center on Thursday to hear the council’s discussion regarding a letter to Councilman Mike Fagan asking him to “clarify” his recent questioning …


Shawn Vestal: Science faces tall order in educating Mike Fagan

Dear Science: Could you send Mike Fagan a memo? Like, a very long memo? One that mentions a bunch of the studies about the repeatedly disproven “link” between autism and …


Region taking steps to boost vaccination

Measles outbreaks during the past year have rekindled the national and Northwest debate regarding vaccines in an area with historically higher-than-average numbers of people who don’t have their children immunized …


WSU students asked to have mumps vaccination

PULLMAN — Washington State University is asking students to make sure their measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations are up to date before they return from the Thanksgiving break.


Whooping cough shot urged in pregnancy

ATLANTA – An expert panel is urging every expectant mother to get a shot preventing whooping cough, preferably in the last three months of her pregnancy to help protect her …


Persistent pertussis

Whooping cough has spread across Spokane County during the summer, surprising health officials who expected numbers to drop once kids left school. No one has died.


Some folks are missing the point of vaccines

We’re No. 1. Measles will be overjoyed. A new report shows that more parents in Washington refused to have their children vaccinated than any other state in the nation. I’d …


Panhandle Health District offers vaccine clinics

Panhandle Health District has scheduled special immunization clinics for pertussis, or whooping cough, due to a growing demand. The clinics will be in the district’s Hayden building on Friday and …


Health officials attempting to give kids a better shot

A whooping cough outbreak has worsened in Kootenai County, infecting 43 children as investigators scramble to track down suspected sources of the disease. The episode underscores a stubborn problem in …


Some recalled swine flu doses went to Spokane

A swine flu vaccine for young children recalled Tuesday included about 200 doses that were shipped to two Spokane health care providers.


Editorial: Untruths about H1N1 vaccinations run rampant

The myths about the H1N1 vaccine may be spreading more rapidly than the virus itself. Along with the annual suspicions about inoculations come new fears that are also unjustified. Public …