Oregonians Seek Transparency on Vaccines

Amid a measles outbreak in the Northwest that has stoked the flames of a national debate over vaccinations, Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would alter the state’s immunization process.

Partisan Politics Throw Tougher Vaccine Law Into Question

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The absence of Democratic Sen. Betsy Johnson has allowed Bend Republican Sen. Tim Knopp to block a bill that he feels would infringe upon religious freedom by requiring parents to show informed consent before their unvaccinated children can enter public schools.

This article has been edited to correct an earlier version.

May 22, 2013 — A senator’s automobile accident and a Republican blockade have put at risk a bill that would limit childhood vaccination exemptions.

Healthcare Workers Need to Have Flu Vaccinations

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A work group is attempting to increase the number of workers getting the flu vaccine with a voluntary program
November 12, 2010 -- Despite the fact that 1,316 Oregonians were hospitalized and 67 died of influenza-related illnesses last year, Oregon healthcare workers are still falling behind when it comes to vaccinating themselves for the flu.

A survey of hospitals last year revealed only about 62 percent of healthcare workers in Oregon got a flu vaccine.A statewide workgroup hopes to boost that number and encourage workers to immunize themselves against the seasonal illness.

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