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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Health officials: It’s time to give flu vaccine another shot

The flu forecast is cloudy and it’s too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said on Thursday …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Pinterest to direct vaccine-related searches to health orgs

Pinterest said it will try to combat misinformation about vaccines by showing only information from health organizations when people search.

Pinterest to direct vaccine-related searches to health orgs

Pinterest said Wednesday it will try to combat misinformation about vaccines by showing only information from health organizations when people search.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

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 …

Shooting for that shingles shot

People who are 50 and older can ask their health care providers or pharmacies about the newer shingles vaccine Shingrix, despite lingering supply delays. If you’ve had chicken pox, you …

UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

Washington House passes bill limiting vaccine exemptions

In a late-night session, the House approves proposal to remove personal and philosophical exemptions to children getting the measles vaccine from state law.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

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.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

Shawn Vestal: It’s not too late for flu vaccine

A century ago, as Spokane was welcoming a new year, it was also tallying the dead.

One flu death reported in Spokane County

A woman’s death from the flu this week is the first in Spokane County this year, according to Spokane Regional Health District. She was in her 70s and had an …

FDA approves HPV vaccine for people up to 45

The Food and Drug Administration expanded its approval of the HPV vaccine to include men and women between 27 and 45, an effort to protect more people from several types …

CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the …

U.S. panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

The vaccine, called Heplisav-B, was licensed for use in the U.S. in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.

Number of flu deaths in Washington continues to climb

Flu activity statewide remains elevated, according to the latest flu update from the state’s Department of Health.

Flu season worst since 2009 swine flu pandemic

Washington and Idaho are in the midst of what’s likely to be the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

U.S. flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected

Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show …

What you need to know about the new shingles vaccine

The federal panel that helps guide U.S. vaccination policy on Wednesday recommended the new shingles vaccine for use in adults 50 and older with normal immune systems.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

A new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles has been approved by U.S. regulators.

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against …

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.

Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men

The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new …

UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017

Rate of immunized kindergarteners in Washington a steady 85 percent

State health officials say the percentage of kindergarteners with the required vaccinations needed to start school remained steady at 85 percent.

WHO chief praises Guineans for help with Ebola vaccine

The head of the World Health Organization is praising Guineans for their role in helping to develop a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus.

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 …

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.

Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds

Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine

U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant …

U.N. sends 3.5 million emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil

The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years.

Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts officials to weigh third vaccine dose

Federal health officials are evaluating the benefit of an additional dose of the mumps vaccine because of the increasing number of mumps outbreaks since 2006. More than 5,000 cases of …

One thing Congress agrees on: Vaccines work

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are stressing the need to highlight benefits of vaccines amid reports of local outbreaks of infectious diseases. “The science is clear: FDA-licensed vaccines are proven …