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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Schools prepare families for loss of philosophical, personal exemption for MMR vaccine

Families with children who have personal or philosophical exemptions to the MMR vaccination will have to vaccinate their children or get a different exemption before school starts this fall. But …


Health district and charitable groups respond to hepatitis A outbreak

The Spokane Regional Health District is partnering with local community organizations to provide vaccinations against hepatitis A and B in the midst of a state-declared outbreak of hepatitis A last …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Q&A: With measles on the rise, vaccine is still best defense

The Spokesman-Review asked health experts about any strategies to prevent a measles outbreaks, including for travel or if people can’t remember having the vaccine. Just four months into 2019, the …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Measles vaccine exemption bill heads to Inslee

House gives final passage to an end to the personal exemption for the measles vaccine.


House Call: Vaccine benefits outweigh the miniscule risks

Vaccines prevent disease, decrease suffering and bad outcomes. Severe vaccine reactions, while being uncomfortable and even a bit scary, are rare and do not usually lead to long-term problems like …


Spin Control: How the vaxx bill was resurrected

The bill to limit exemptions for the measles vaccination was thought to be dead Wednesday night, but came back to life.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 4:54 p.m.

NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

US measles tally hits 465, with most illnesses in kids

U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 6:34 a.m.

Divided Washington Senate panel backs end to personal exemption on MMR vaccine

Senate panel approves ending personal exemptions for parents who don’t want their children to have measles vaccination.


2,000 at Temple University get shots amid mumps outbreak

More than 2,000 students and staffers at Temple University took advantage of free vaccine booster shots Wednesday as the number of mumps cases at the school topped 100.


Local health officials emphasize risk of chickenpox after Kentucky governor shares story of intentionally infecting his children

Kim Thorburn, former health officer and Spokane Regional Health District director, said she was saddened but not surprised to hear Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announce he took his nine children …


Shawn Vestal: A parent makes the choice, but it’s not their consequence alone

As the Washington Legislature considers tightening up vaccine requirements for kids entering public schools, anti-vaxxer opponents have taken up the argument that it’s a simple question of parental choice.


Sue Lani Madsen: Risk, benefit and vaccine mandates

When the Spanish flu went viral in 1918, it didn’t mean trending on Twitter. Before vaccines, antibiotics, better sanitation and clean water, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

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: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

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.


Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the WSU Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine’s free health screening and vaccination clinic on Friday.


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.