Tag Archives: Vaccinations/Immunizations

California’s Vaccine Exemption Ban Shows Results

Oregon’s legislature spent part of last year working on a bill that would end non-medical exemptions from vaccines for children. In the end, the House passed the bill, but it was withdrawn in the Senate, part of the deal to bring the Republicans back from a walkout. Source: California’s Vaccine Exemption Ban Shows Results | […]
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Editorial: Flu shots save lives — get yours

Only about half of Americans get a flu shot each season, and this year that’s likely to be a problem. While the 2019-20 flu season may not sicken a record number of people, it will take a toll, and this year children are apparently more vulnerable than most other groups. Source: Editorial: Flu shots save […]
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Flu season’s not over. Get your shot

A 32-year-old Medford man’s fight for life is a stark reminder of the damage the influenza virus can do — and one more reason to get vaccinated if you haven’t been. Eric Valencia thought he had a minor illness around Christmas time, but he quickly developed pneumonia and had to be transferred to Providence Hospital […]
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Opinion | You Are Unvaccinated and Got Sick. These Are Your Odds.

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Editorial: Oregon needs real leadership on vaccination laws

Oregon lawmakers have tried at least a couple of times to make it more difficult for parents to avoid vaccinating their children, unfortunately with little success. And while those who support the idea may face an uphill battle this year when the Legislature meets, they must keep trying. Source: Editorial: Oregon needs real leadership on […]
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Measles makes your body forget how to fight other diseases

Getting infected with measles is much more dangerous than scientists once suspected. In addition to the illness caused by the virus, a measles infection also takes a wrecking ball to the immune system. It destroys up to half of the existing antibodies that protect against other viruses and bacteria, according to research published Thursday. Source: […]
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Our View: Require vaccinations for Oregon’s kids – Opinion

In Oregon, it’s dismayingly easy for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids. That puts not just their kids but also other families needlessly at risk. When lawmakers return to Salem next year, mandatory vaccinations for all children who don’t have a legitimate medical excuse should be a top priority. Risking the lives of […]
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Fighting Vaccine Hesitancy, One Parent at a Time 

Programs aim to counter anti-vaccine sentiments with parent-to-parent connections. In the Spring of 2014, Nadine Gartner was traveling through Portland International Airport when her phone buzzed with an alarming news alert. The previous day, someone with measles had passed through the same terminal that Gartner — and her 1-year-old daughter — now sat in. Source: Fighting Vaccine […]
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To Your Health: State Health Authority urges flu vaccines

People who get vaccinated not only protect themselves but may also protect those around them. People at higher risk of severe illness include babies and young children, adults older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems. “Healthy adults who get vaccinated help prevent the flu from spreading quickly. […]
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OHA officials urge everyone six months and older to get immunized

Health officials say they have started to see cases of flu in Oregon. They recommend everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine. Source: OHA officials urge everyone six months and older to get immunized