School Immunizations
5:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Student Expulsions Continue In Spokane Over Lack Of Immunization Documentation

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.
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More students are complying with state law in the Spokane School District when it comes to immunizations.

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.

The Spokane School District started enforcing that rule in earnest this week.

District spokesman Kevin Morrison said a number of students were sent home on Monday, for at least one classroom period.

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5:30 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Debate Vaccine Exemptions


Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 5:22 pm

Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

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School Immunization
4:53 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Move To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Draws Opposition From Some Parents

Opponents of mandatory vaccination testify to the state House Health Care Committee in Olympia Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 4:45 pm

Legislative moves to limit school immunization exemptions are drawing vocal opposition from some parents. Opponents of mandatory vaccination crowded a public hearing at the state capitol in Olympia Tuesday, and the scene could repeat itself in Salem Wednesday.

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4:39 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

With Confirmed Measles Cases In Many Nearby States, Idaho Health Officials Urge Vaccination

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Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 3:35 pm

The Centers for Disease Control says a measles outbreak that spread from California's Disneyland has now reached 14 states and infected 102 people. No cases have been confirmed in Idaho, but many neighboring states are on the list including Utah, Washington and Oregon.

"We worry that it’s only a matter of time before we do see measles cases in Idaho," says Dr. Christine Hahn, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's medical director for the division of public health.

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Health Education
5:32 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Idaho College Gets $6.4 Million To Train Health Care Workers Where They're Needed

An overview of the North Idaho College campus, where the grant will help train healthcare technicians and assistants
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A community college in Idaho today received a major grant to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry. The $6.4 million dollar grant is the largest in the school’s history. It’s part of a job training program set up in the 2009 stimulus package.

Lita Burns is the vice president of instruction at North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d’Alene, the school that got the grant. She says hospitals have told them it’s hard to get people trained as technicians and assistants to relocate from another state. This includes EMTs and dental assistants.

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Enterovirus Outbreak
6:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

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Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children. The widening disease outbreak is suspected - but not confirmed - to be a rare strain of enterovirus. 

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Idaho Obesity Rates
6:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Idaho Is The Most Obese In The West

Screenshot of the interactive obesity chart on The State Of Obesity's website.
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New figures on weight show Idaho stands out among Western states - but not in the way public health officials would like. 

Idaho was the most obese state west of the Dakotas and one of only six states nationwide where adult obesity rose between 2012 and 2013, jumping nine places on the list. It's an annual ranking by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report shows nearly 30 percent of adults in Idaho are obese.

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Meth Cleanup
5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program

The Salishan public housing development in Tacoma is one of the sites that will be tested and cleaned through an EPA grant.
Credit Tacoma Housing Authority

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to another long-time industry: meth. For the first time, the EPA’s Brownfields program is covering the clean-up of former meth houses. And the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.

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Hanford Working Conditions
7:11 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

A meeting of Hanford nuclear site workers.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Hanford workers who are worried about getting sick turned out by the dozens for a public meeting in Richland Wednesday. Some of the nuclear site employees say the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors aren’t doing enough to protect them from hazardous and smelly chemical vapors. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Gonorrhea Outbreak
6:24 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gonorrhea Rising Outside Urban Hubs In Northwest

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years.
Credit CDC

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers. Health departments are seeing some unusual trends in the data.

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