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Oregon State University

Following an outbreak of the deadly Meningococcal B disease, Oregon State University instituted a vaccination requirement policy. Students who do not comply will not be allowed to enroll in classes next term. And that’s not all.

Children who show up to Oregon schools and preschools [tomorrow] Wednesday without required vaccinations won't be allowed in.

Oregon State University

After a sixth student in Corvallis contracted Meningococcal disease, Oregon State University established a vaccination requirement for all students under 26. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the deadline is this Thursday.

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So…how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along so far? Two of the most common ones people list are eating healthier, and saving money. But as you may have found out at the checkout lane, these goals can often conflict, given the varying cost of fruit, vegetables, and meat.

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If you’re wondering how Oregon’s restaurants rate for cleanliness, or if the hotel you’re considering staying at is pest-free, there’s a new online tool to help with that. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Linus Pauling Middle School

There is another confirmed case of meningococcal disease in Corvallis. This time it’s a middle school student. Health officials say the bacterial infection is rare to occur in young kids. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

An influx of patients with the flu is putting pressure on medical staff. Hospital systems in many parts of Oregon are currently operating at full capacity.

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Health officials know that the influenza virus spreads from Southern to Northern Hemisphere. That puts Oregon pretty late in the game and means the flu season here doesn’t end until May. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert sits down with Lane County Public Health nurse Cindy Morgan, to talk cold and flu symptoms, possible immunity and flu shot effectiveness.

Oregon Horse Rescue

The founders of a non-profit horse rescue organization near Eugene recently sent a plea to the public for help. They say they will be forced to close their stable doors without donor support for abandoned, abused and neglected horses.

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With overnight temperatures forecast in the 20s tonight, the Egan Warming Centers will open  to offer a warm place for people who are homeless in Eugene and Springfield.

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Oregon State University will now require all its students age 25 or younger to get a vaccine against meningococcal disease by February 15th.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown says Congress needs to help the nation’s 9 million children, and fast.

A program that offers homeless families in Eugene / Springfield a warm place for the night is running out of money.

Recorded On: December 8, 2017

Air Date: December 11, 2017

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The deadline quickly approaches for Oregonians who want coverage through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. There is one week left to enroll.

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With the freezing overnight temperatures continuing in the Willamette Valley, Egan Warming Centers are providing shelter to anyone who needs it. This life-saving outreach requires a constant flow of volunteers.

Fifth OSU Student Treated for Meningococcal Disease

Nov 28, 2017
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A student at Oregon State University in Corvallis is being treated for meningococcal disease. The student is an undergraduate and is listed as being in good condition.

Lane County Health Officials Warn Against Kratom

Nov 21, 2017
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The FDA and Lane County Public Health are urging people not to use Kratom, a botanical supplement sold in stop n shops and dispensaries.

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This is the time of year many of us are looking at health insurance coverage and making decisions. There is a non-traditional medical model being embraced by healthcare policymakers on both the left and the right. One doctor in Eugene offers direct-to-patient care for a flat monthly fee.

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Flu shots are now available at many clinics, drugstores, and supermarkets.  And Lane County officials are urging people to get their shots sooner than later.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.   

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Cases of gonorrhea have more than tripled in Oregon since 2007, according to the Oregon Health Authority. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Oregon State University researchers may be nearing the development of a vaccine.

Oregon Women, Infants and Children

Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, is more than a food program. A new study finds while serving families with health and nutrition services, WIC employees frequently recognize and address developmental and behavioral concerns in children.

The study, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found WIC staff go outside their scope of work to talk with families about problems beyond nutrition. Study co-author Julie Reeder has been with WIC for 16 years. She says staff members tend to hear most about developmental delays related to speech and behavior.

Eugene School District 4J has a new partnership with Peacehealth to provide medical services to its students at 2 school-based health centers.

Recorded On: September 15, 2017

Air Date: September 18, 2017

Dr. Patrick Luedtke M.D., M.P.H., Senior Public Health Officer for the Lane County Department of Public Health discussed what antimicrobial resistance is, how it occurs, how many people are impacted by it, what public health in Lane County is doing to fight it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

On the first day of testimony, a Lane County jury heard evidence involving the death of Lauren Jones, a University of Oregon student athlete who died in 2015 during an outbreak of meningicoccal disease.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County is hoping to change the way law enforcement and other first responders interact with people with mental illness. A simple consent form is part of a new initiative aimed at improving response to those in crisis. 

Anni Katz

Heavy smoke from area wildfires that has created unhealthy to hazardous air quality in Eugene and Springfield for the past several days. But, the National Weather Service is forecasting a change soon.

Rachael McDonald

Smoky air continues to plague most of Oregon Monday. The air quality was rated hazardous in Eugene and Springfield Sunday.

Heat and Haze In Store For Labor Day Weekend

Sep 1, 2017
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After a short break from the heat and smoke, high temperatures and haze are forecast for much of Oregon over the Labor Day weekend.

The persistent haze of smoke from the wildfires burning around the Northwest has led many people to wear face masks to protect their lungs. But health officials say many of those masks aren’t doing what the wearers think they are.

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