A trio of bipartisan legislators in Oregon are backing a bill that would eliminate the state’s non-medical exemption for vaccines.
Updated Monday, Feb. 25, 2019: The outbreak in Clark County has grown to 65 confirmed cases and one suspect case. Another person in Multnomah County also became infected, though health authorities said it didn't immediately appear to be linked to the Clark County outbreak.
As public health officials work to tamp down a measles outbreak in the Portland metro area, Oregon lawmakers are preparing to take up legislation that would increase the number of children vaccinated for the disease.
Three out of four Americans older than 60 don’t get a shingles vaccine to protect themselves from the virus’ miseries: rashes over the face and body, stinging pain that can last for weeks or months and the threat of blindness.
The Senate Democrats and one Republican voted Tuesday to require all Oregon schools to share information about the school’s vaccination rate for preventable contagious diseases like polio and measles, providing parents with essential information to protect vulnerable children who cannot be vaccin
Health officials and parents who have lost children to the deadly meningococcal disease say the best way to prevent more young people from tragically dying from the disease is to get them vaccinated.
Update March 24:
The Senate passed SB 520 unanimously, sending the measure to the House.
Outbreaks of meningococcal disease keep popping up on college campuses across the country and attract plenty of media attention. But what doesn’t get much coverage is how different schools decide to offer vaccinations to their students.
Gov. Kate Brown pledged her support Friday for legislation that would eliminate non-medical excuses for not vaccinating school children, a measure pushed by physician Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, amid a growing measles epidemic.