Tag Archives: Vaccinations/Immunizations

Oregon legislators abandon bill removing non-medical vaccine exemption

As an organization invested in the health of every person in our communities, we were extremely disappointed to that the Oregon Legislature abandoned HB 3063, a bill that would have eliminated parents’ ability to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school attendance without a medical exemption. Source: Oregon legislators abandon bill removing non-medical […]
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Local doctor named HPV vaccination champion

The Oregon Health Authority and American Cancer Society recently honored Dr. Stewart Decker with an award of excellence for his promotion of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in Klamath County. Source: Local doctor named HPV vaccination champion

Other views | HB 3063 would have preserved health, safety of many Oregonians

As an organization invested in the health of every person in our communities, we were extremely disappointed to hear that the Oregon Legislature abandoned House Bill 3063, a bill that would have eliminated parents’ ability to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school attendance without a medical exemption. Source: Other views | HB […]
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Klamath doctor named HPV vaccination champion

The Oregon Health Authority and American Cancer Society recently honored Dr. Stewart Decker with an award of excellence for his promotion of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in Klamath County, according to a news release. Decker, a primary care physician at Sky Lakes Medical Center, was lauded for his individual contributions toward the promotion of […]
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Jessica Biel and the End of Vaccine Exemptions

As several states move to limit exemptions to required vaccines, the actor hit a nerve in a larger debate about personal belief in science. One morning in 1934, panicked passengers jumped from the deck of the SS Morro Castle as it sank just off the coast of New Jersey. The ocean liner had caught fire, […]
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New York Lawmakers Pass Bill Ending Religious Exemptions to Vaccines

The New York Legislature, amid a “health crisis,” completed action and sent the bill, which also eliminates other nonmedical exemptions for schoolchildren, to the governor for his signature. Lawmakers in New York passed a law on Thursday to end vaccination exemptions based on a family’s religious belief, as the country is in the grips of […]
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We love to hate the government. Then along came measles.

The environmental and public health crises that remain suggest our government has done too little to protect its citizens, rather than too much. Americans love, love, love to hate on government, for all its foibles and failures. But we conveniently forget that good government has also solved, curtailed or prevented a lot of problems over […]
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– Ill-fated vaccine fight stoked grassroots anger

Motivated citizens, egged on by social media campaigns and powerful anti-vaccine groups, left some legislators shaken. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Ill-fated vaccine fight stoked grassroots anger

What’s wrong with those anti-vaxxers? They’re just like the rest of us

Whenever I talk about my research on how parents come to decide to reject vaccines for their children, my explanations are met with a range of reactions, but I almost always hear the same questions. What is wrong with those parents? Are they anti-science? Are they anti-expert? Are they simply ignorant or selfish? Are they crazy? Source: […]
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Poverty And Lack Of Health Insurance Keep Kids Unvaccinated Too

Religious and ideological opposition to vaccines has fueled the current measles outbreak. But there’s another factor driving low vaccination rates in some communities: poverty. The toddler looking up at Dr. Melanie Seifman in her Washington, D.C., exam room seems a little dazed. It could be because she just woke up from a nap at daycare. […]
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