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Health officials: At least 2 Idaho kids have died from flu

Idaho state health officials say at least two children have died of influenza-related causes recently and a third child’s death is under investigation because it appears to be flu-related.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane Health District confirms two hepatitis A-related deaths

Two people died from complications related to hepatitis A in Spokane County this month, the health district announced Wednesday.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Free immunization clinic helps Spokane County kids get shots required to attend school

By late last week, more than 900 students in Spokane Public Schools lacked the necessary immunizations. The deadline was Monday, when 323 were turned away.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Closing the gap: The uphill battle to get Idaho students immunized amid rising exemption rates

The Idaho Panhandle has some of the highest vaccination exemption rates in the country,

US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year

U.S. health officials say this year’s count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation’s highest in 25 years.

Daniel Dawson: Parents must be informed on – and trusted with – vaccination decisions

It is self-evident that a child’s parent (primary care giver) is in the best position to observe their child’s behavior and make informed decisions for their health.

Dr. Bob Lutz: Vaccinations are effective, and vital to community health

If we are to have a healthy community, we need to acknowledge the interdependence of all, not the independence of some.

2019 is shaping up to be the worst year for measles since ’90s

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 206 measles cases were confirmed in the United States in the first two months of this year, the highest year-to-date number …

Michael Gerson: Vaccination skeptics make intrusive public health methods more likely

When politicians give legitimacy to dangerous and disproven scientific theories – as both Rand Paul and President Trump have done on vaccinations – they are encouraging a lower level of …

WSMA supports stronger immunization policies

As physician leaders representing the Washington State Medical Association, we are writing today to voice our strong support of Senate Bill 5841 and House Bill 1638, which would strengthen our …

Measles vaccine doesn’t cause autism, says a new, decade-long study of half a million people

The latest evidence unequivocally denying any link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella – a two-dose course that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says …

Senate panel votes to narrow vaccine exemptions

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

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: 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: 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 …

Michael Gerson: Pathogens couldn’t care less about Italian politics

FLORENCE, Italy – It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists who held the heretical …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

Drop in adult flu vaccinations was likely a factor in last season’s record-breaking deaths, illnesses

Fewer than four out of 10 adults in the United States got flu shots last winter, the lowest rate in seven seasons and one likely reason why the 2017-2018 season …

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

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

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 …