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Senate panel votes to narrow vaccine exemptions

Senate bill to remove personal exemptions for all childhood vaccinations receives committee approval.


Measles outbreak prompt state lawmakers to reconsider religion exemptions for vaccines

Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who receive exemptions from immunizing their children on …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Sixty percent of state’s infants fully vaccinated on time, data shows

Some areas of Washington state are experiencing a measles outbreak and it has put brighter lights on vaccination rates. In the cases of children who aren’t vaccinated, the focus is …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

A House committee has advanced a measure that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Anti-vaxxers are spreading conspiracy theories on Facebook, and the company is struggling to stop them

As a disturbing number of measles outbreaks crop up around the United States, Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation about vaccinations on its platform, which has become a haven …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Washington House panel starts debate on ending personal exemption for vaccines

Legislators’ choice on exemption for vaccines pits public health against personal choice.


Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County

Oregon health officials say three more measles cases have been confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Latest crack in fight against vaccinations has officials and schools scrambling

They call them nonmedical exemptions, and the resurgent measles virus loves them.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Spread of measles could send 2,550 students home if virus reaches Spokane schools

Families can apply for an exemption on philosophical or religious grounds, but students may be ordered to stay home if the measles virus reaches schools in the districts around Spokane …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

North Dakota sends specialized team to help with measles breakout in Pacific Northwest

North Dakota is sending an emergency response team to assist in efforts to control an escalating measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

Patients in Northwest measles outbreak traveled to Hawaii

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest became more worrisome Wednesday with word that people infected with the extremely contagious viral illness traveled to Hawaii and central Oregon after being …


Kids traveling from Washington develop measles in Hawaii

Two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in unvaccinated children who traveled to Hawaii from Washington state.


Measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, sickens 35

A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington, with 11 more cases suspected. Thirty-one patients had not been vaccinated against measles.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019

Spokane health district urges vaccinations as Washington measles cases rise to 34

No measles cases have been confirmed in Spokane County as Washington’s statewide number hits 34, but the threat is growing and vaccinations are urged, health officials said. The number of …


Washington measles outbreak prompts warning to Idaho doctors

Health officials in southwestern Idaho are warning medical care providers to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles because of an outbreak in western Washington that has sickened at …


Officials: 30 measles cases in western Washington outbreak

Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has grown to 30, with nine more cases suspected.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019

Officials: 26 measles cases in Western Washington outbreak

Health officials have confirmed 26 measles cases in western Washington in an outbreak that began earlier this month.


23 confirmed measles cases in Clark County, 20 not immunized

Health officials now say they have confirmed 23 measles cases in Clark County since the beginning of the year.


Measles cases hit 19 with more suspected in SW Washington

Officials say the number of confirmed measles cases in southwestern Washington has increased to 19 with seven more cases suspected.


Israel battles measles outbreak as infant dies of disease

Israel is grappling with one of its worst measles outbreak in decades, with over 1,200 cases reported since the beginning of 2018.


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.


Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died.


Measles infects more than 1,000 in Brazil; 5 reported deaths

Brazil’s Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have been infected and five have died in a measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018

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 …


100 years ago in Stevens County: First American from Inland Northwest dies in World War I

The Great War in Europe claimed its first local casualty: Paul Lindley, 23, of Addy.


15 children die in South Sudan after workers vaccinate them with dirty needles

Fifteen children died and dozens more fell ill after vaccination workers ignored basic hygiene procedures during South Sudan’s national measles vaccination campaign last month.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017

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.


Time to tighten vaccination law

State lawmakers are not justified in allowing the personal exemption, which is one of the reasons the state’s compliance rate is relatively low. Past efforts to tighten the law have …


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


Fatal measles case linked to tribal health clinic, officials say

Washington health officials have found the woman who was killed by measles was likely exposed at a Port Angeles tribal health clinic.