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California governor, lawmaker alter proposed vaccine rules

California public health officials would have oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a compromise announced Tuesday.


Jessica Biel, facing criticism, explains why she is against California vaccine bill

When Jessica Biel suddenly appeared on Twitter this week with opponents of vaccination legislation at the California Capitol, it ignited a social media storm over whether the actress, wife of …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Health district officials: 3 hepatitis A cases confirmed in Spokane

Spokane Regional Health District officials confirmed three cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Thousands of US kindergartners unvaccinated without waivers

As states debate making it tougher for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons, federal data shows children using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending …


California vaccine rules advance over emotional opposition

Updates with committee vote, adds senator’s comment, edits to conform. Links additional photos, deletes file photo. With AP Photos. California lawmakers are advancing tougher rules for vaccinations despite hearing hours …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

U.S. measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years

U.S. measles cases have climbed to their highest level in 25 years, largely because misinformation is turning parents against vaccines.


Senate votes to end personal exemption for measles vaccine

An effort to save the personal exemption parents can use to keep their children from receiving the measles vaccine failed Wednesday night.


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. …


Teen testifies to Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 – and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims …


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 …


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: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Percentage of young U.S. children who don’t receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001

A small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or all of their recommended vaccinations. The percentage of children under 2 years old who …


Merck beats views on sales jumps for cancer drugs, vaccines

Soaring sales of cancer drugs, vaccines and veterinary medicines drove Merck & Co.’s 5 percent jump in second-quarter revenue and the company lifted its outlook for the year.


Conservatives less likely to trust vaccines and public health efforts

New Age liberals may have been unfairly blamed for the current wave of anti-vaccine sentiment, according to a new study from the University of Idaho.


Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Labs around the country are hunting for a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination in favor of one every five years or 10 years, or maybe, eventually, a …


2 children die of flu in Oregon

Two children have died from the flu in Oregon, both younger than 10.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 7:58 p.m.

UNICEF: Vaccines cargo to blockaded Yemen can’t be one-off

The U.N. child agency said Sunday that it has flown 1.9 million doses of vaccines to war-torn Yemen, its first aid delivery since a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels tightened …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs

Feeding peanut butter kibbles to millions of prairie dogs – by flinging the treats from four-wheelers and dropping them from drones – could be the next big thing to help …


More than 350 organizations write President Trump to endorse current vaccines’ safety

More than 350 organizations, including leading U.S. medical, advocacy and professional organizations, have sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing their “unequivocal support for the safety of vaccines.”


New Spokane County mumps cases prompt free vaccine clinic

Nine people in Spokane County have been diagnosed with mumps, prompting the Spokane Regional Health District to offer a free vaccination clinic Jan. 11.


Two more Spokane residents diagnosed with mumps

Two new Spokane residents have been diagnosed with mumps, bringing the number of confirmed cases countywide to four. Two Spokane residents between 10 and 19 were diagnosed last week, the …


Gunmen kill anti-polio physician in northwestern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistani police say gunmen have killed a physician who was instrumental in an anti-polio drive in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Police said Monday that Dr. Zaka …


West Nile virus strikes 10 horses in Inland Northwest

Veterinarians this month confirmed 10 cases of West Nile fever in horses in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.


100 years ago in Spokane: School district announces plan to vaccinate students for whooping cough

From our archives, 100 years ago The medical director of the Spokane Public Schools announced plans to vaccinate Spokane children against whooping cough.


Ask Doctor K: Advance in vaccines exciting

DEAR DOCTOR K: I heard on television about a possible new vaccine against HIV, Ebola and other terrible viruses. That sounds like very good news, or is it just hype? …


Chickenpox vaccine required for all Spokane students

Students in Spokane Public Schools will need two chickenpox vaccines by the first day of school this fall.


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 …


California Legislature passes strict school immunization bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a …