Kindergarten immunization increased statewide, not locally

The state Department of Health announced Wednesday that the statewide kindergarten immunization rate increased by more than 2 percent this school year. The same can’t be said for Clark County. Statewide, 85 […]

Washington is ninth healthiest state

Washington is moving up in the health rankings. United Health Foundation’s annual America’s Health Rankings show that the Evergreen State has moved into the top 10 this year – climbing from […]

More Washington boys getting HPV vaccine

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the number of teens getting the human papillomavirus vaccine increased slightly but that many adolescents are still not […]

Study: Whooping cough vaccine protection fades

A study conducted during Washington’s whooping cough epidemic in 2012 found that adolescents' protection from the Tdap booster wanes within two to four years. Acellular pertussis vaccines (the pertussis component contains […]

Study: Scare tactics don’t sway vaccine skeptics

Emotional scare tactics used to try to convince vaccine skeptics to immunize their children may not have the desired effect. A recent study by Graham Dixon, associate professor with The Edward […]

More young adults say vaccines are parent’s choice

The majority of Americans think vaccines for childhood diseases should be required for all children, but younger adults are less likely than older generations to agree. A recent Pew survey examined […]

Measles cases highest in 20 years

More U.S. measles cases were reported in the first eight months of this year than in any other year in the past two decades. From Jan. 1 to Aug. 29, the […]

Survey says: Require childhood vaccinations

A recent telephone poll found the majority of Americans believe children should be required to vaccinations for childhood diseases and a small majority thinks kids who aren’t vaccinated should be […]

Half of pregnant women get flu shots

Flu season is approaching, so let’s talk flu shots. During the 2013-14 influenza season, about 52 percent of pregnant women were vaccinated before or during pregnancy, according to the Centers for […]

U.S. measles cases reach 20-year high

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 288 cases of measles in the U.S. through May 23 – the largest number of cases in that time period since […]

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