vaccination

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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Childhood Vaccinations
5:31 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Oregon, Washington Lawmakers Balk At Tougher Vaccination Mandate

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Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 5:36 pm

Oregon and Washington lawmakers flinched within hours of each other Wednesday when it came to toughening mandatory vaccination requirements for schoolchildren.

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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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Childhood Vaccinations
6:22 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Aim For Higher Immunization Rates

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Some Northwest lawmakers want to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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Measles
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 And Medicine
5:57 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Oregon Leads In Un-Vaccinated Kids

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 7.1 percent of kindergartners in Oregon were exempted from vaccinations during last school year.
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 According to the report, in Idaho, 6.4 percent of kindergartners were exempt, while in Washington it was 4.7 percent.A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 7.1 percent of kindergartners in Oregon were exempted from vaccinations during last school year. Most of the exemptions were for religious or philosophic reasons.

That’s a far cry from just a few years ago when Washington has the highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in the county.

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Northwest Vaccinations
5:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Public Health Officials Say Measles Case Highlights Vaccination Need

Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.
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Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection. While the highly-contagious illness remains rare, the Centers for Disease Control is reporting an uptick nationally in the number of cases this year.

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Vaccinations
5:50 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Expert Says CDC Study Showing Washington 7th Highest Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Doesn’t Tell Entire Story

During the 2008 to 2009 school year, The Centers for Disease Control said Washington state kindergartners were the least vaccinated in the United States.

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Vaccination Bill
4:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Tougher Vaccine Opt-Out Regulations

CDC

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 3:38 pm

Oregon lawmakers want to make parents think twice before deciding not to have their kids immunized. The Oregon Senate Thursday approved a measure that would add steps to the way parents can opt out of the requirement.

The Oregon Health Authority says more than six percent of children enter kindergarten without the required number of vaccinations. It has been the highest highest rate in the nation, and it's been climbing.

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Child Vaccinations
6:29 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Bill Would Make Exempting Children From Vaccinations More Difficult

SALEM, Ore. – A bill in Salem would make it harder for Oregon parents to opt out of immunizing their children. Virginia Alvino reports.

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