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The best whooping cough defense is a vaccine

We are continuing to see an explosion of whooping cough (pertussis) cases statewide. Here in Snohomish County, there have been 177 cases so far this year. To put that into perspective, there were only 23 cases in 2014 and 57 cases in 2013. Unfortunately, we are approaching epidemic levels last seen...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Life

Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Clallam County woman who died from measles was vaccinated

SEATTLE — A woman killed by measles in Clallam County had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest

Clallam County measles death is first in U.S. since 2003

SEATTLE — Measles killed a Washington woman in the spring — the first such death in the U.S. in 12 years and the first in the state in 25, health officials said Thursday.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest

Oregon dad urges meningococcal vaccinations following death of son

EUGENE, Ore. — While half of University of Oregon undergraduates skipped the recommended vaccination against the deadly type B meningococcal disease, one Oregon father drove his son to Canada to get the vaccination last fall before he began attending Oregon State University.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest

Vaccine best way to halt pertussis’ spread

As you have likely seen in the news, we are seeing an explosion of whooping cough (pertussis) cases statewide. Here in Snohomish County, there have been 40 confirmed cases since January and most of those have happened in the last few weeks. To put that into perspective, there were only...

Date: 04/20/2015 | Commentary

State health officials warn of whooping cough outbreak

EVERETT – Public health officials say they’ve seen “an explosion” of whooping cough cases in Snohomish County and are urging people, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

Spokane schools to get tough about vaccinations

SPOKANE — Officials for the Spokane school district started removing children who could not prove they had legally required vaccinations from classrooms on Monday.

Date: 04/13/2015 | Northwest

More than 400 Washington foster parents object to flu shots

SEATTLE — More than 400 Washington foster parents are giving up on caring for children younger than 2 because they don’t want to get a flu shot, which is required for the license to care for babies and toddlers.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

HPV vaccine is a simple step against cancer

In just the last six months, a measles outbreak at Disneyland spread fear into communities across the country. Deadly meningococcal disease at the University of Oregon claimed a young life and launched a campaign for immediate mass immunizations on campus. These occurrences and...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Commentary

Let parents weigh good, bad of vaccines

Thank you for printing the article Feb. 23, "Anti-vaccine moms discuss their thinking." It said many of the things I've been saying in my head during the recent debate on vaccinations and the proposal...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Commentary

Severe flu season has killed 9 in Snohomish County

EVERETT — This year's flu season in Snohomish County is the most deadly in five years, health officials say.The nine people who have died so far from the influenza virus exceed the number of people who died during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009.For comparison,...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Local News

Oregon considers banning most vaccine exemptions

SALEM, Ore. — Jennifer Margulis has her kids vaccinated and she gets shots herself. But she doesn’t like the idea of government telling parents they must get their children immunized.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Northwest

Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Northwest

Lawmakers take up bill to allow fewer vaccination exemptions

OLYMPIA — Personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines would not be an authorized exemption for the parents of school-age children under a measure that received a public hearing before a House committee on Tuesday.

Date: 02/17/2015 | Local News

Paul’s libertarian views paint him into a corner

Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. And throwing a newt's eye of quack science into the vat, the Kentucky Republican promotes the myth that these shots...

Date: 02/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Anti-vaccine fever

Viewpoints: Fears have been overcome before and will again

Date: 02/08/2015 | Commentary

Bipartisanship is a good thing except among the anti-vaxxers

Really? Measles outbreaks? In the United States of America, birthplace of countless world-changing innovations and inventions, in which the man who'd soon become its first president required variolation of his revolutionary troops, there's a movement against the use of vaccines, even...

Date: 02/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Vaccination holdouts can take a little needling

A game-ending interception at the 1-yard line in the Super Bowl is like a dagger to the gut, an ice pick to the skull. You get the idea. It's been a rough week.Let's talk about something less painful: needles. Specifically the ones used to inject vaccines into our kids.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Web Monkey

Parents should keep rights to choose on vaccines

I believe that parents should vaccinate their children. Because children are vulnerable, the media have a responsibility to inform parents about the risks involved when they don't vaccinate their children.Instead, I see news outlets turning vaccines into a political issue...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Christie, Paul need booster shot of science

Flashback: Galileo is sitting under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Church for refusing to consider his heliocentric proposition that the Earth circled the sun.We find this historical anecdote preposterous today, but people were persecuted for lesser...

Date: 02/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Slowing rate of measles shots worries Oregon health official

BEND, Ore. — The vaccination rate for measles in Oregon has fallen low enough to cause a state public health official to worry about the spread of the highly infectious disease.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Northwest

With vaccines available, it's dangerous in Fantasyland

Just how contagious is measles? Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Date: 01/30/2015 | Editorials

Docs won’t see anti-vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated."Parents who choose not to give measles...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Nation & World

Trying to survive the family festival of winter sickness

Every winter, croup hits my daughter with a force so hard that it knocks out our whole family. If you've dealt with croup, then you immediately understand. It's evil. But if you haven't, let's name my daughter's croup by its creator: Human Parainfluenza Virus (HPIV). Now doesn't that...

Date: 01/18/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Flu kills 5-year-old Tacoma girl in couple of days

TACOMA — A 5-year-old Tacoma girl who was sent home from school with a fever was dead a couple of days later from the flu.The mother, Rebecca Taylor, told KOMO she treated her daughter Scarlet at home for two days last month for cold symptoms.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest

First reported flu deaths include woman in Snohomish County

Health officials reported the first two influenza deaths in Washington this season, one of whom was a woman from Snohomish County.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Vaccine ignorance proving deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. We've seen this happen around the world with a range of illnesses, from swine flu to SARS to Ebola.And even after threats are addressed, a new form of conspiratorial thinking often...

Date: 11/02/2014 | Commentary

Delivering hope

Viewpoints: Doctor in Tanzania has seen success of vaccination

Date: 11/02/2014 | Commentary

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