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Members of the Oregon House will vote on Monday on a bill that would end non-medical vaccine exemptions for Oregon school students.

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Oregon health officials resolve to prevent the spread of a highly contagious disease—-Hepatitis A.  County health departments are stocking up on vaccines with strategies to reach the most vulnerable populations.

The Oregon Health Authority says the rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions for kindergarteners has increased sharply this year.

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Lane County Health Officials are encouraging parents to take advantage of the holiday break by getting their children vaccinated.

Families have several weeks with no school, and for some parents, extended time off. Approximately 30,000 children aren't vaccinated in Oregon, and the primary reason is due to old religious exemptions.

Jason Davis is a spokesman for Lane County Health & Human Services. He says the State ranks first in the nation in allowing the most vaccine exceptions for children, and Lane County is in the top tier.

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There are 4 confirmed cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, at the Village School in Eugene.

The charter school notified students and parents last week. Andy Perra is Executive Director of the Village School. He says 2 of the cases were kids that were up to date on their vaccinations. The other two were not completely vaccinated. Perra says the school has been in close contact with Lane County Public Health.

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A fifth University of Oregon student has tested positive for the meningococcemia bacteria. This is the first confirmed case since a student died of the illness last month.

The student is a sophomore who lives at the Capstone complex in downtown Eugene. He was diagnosed Thursday with the bacteria that can cause a deadly blood infection. Mike Eyster is Executive Director of the U of O Health Center. He says they alerted the campus community immediately:

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KLCC's Tiffany Eckert visits the mass vaccination clinic at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus. The newly approved vaccine Trumenba is being administered to any undergraduate who wants it. As students trickle in for the vaccination, Tiffany spoke with Andre Le Duc, Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Services.

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Institutional response to the Meningococcal Group B outbreak at the University of Oregon has become a lesson in prevention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have joined county and state authorities to coordinate the largest on-campus vaccination clinic in recent history. A campus-wide ad campaign uses the phrase "Get the Vax" to encourage students to show up at Matthew Knight Arena for the shot.

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Staff, volunteer nurses and EMT’s are giving Meningitis vaccines to University of Oregon students at a staggering pace. Public Health officials say ten percent of the student population has received the shot so far. Meanwhile, Lane County Public Health continues to investigate the Meningitis outbreak.

Public Health officials have yet to confirm which of the sickened students is the “sentinel case,” – the one who contracted the disease first. They continue to evaluate several people but say there are currently no suspected cases.

Oregon Has The Highest Vaccination Exemption Rate In The U.S.

Feb 6, 2015

Oregon has the highest vaccination exemption rate in the nation. Parents whose children aren’t fully vaccinated, will start getting letters from the state this week warning about school exclusion day.

Some Oregon schools are seeing up to 70 percent of their students secure vaccination exemptions.

Children whose medical records show missing immunizations won’t be able to go to school or child care starting February 18.

But parents can get an exemption after hearing a doctor’s presentation, or watching an online video and printing off proof at the end.

Lane County Public Health officials kicked into high gear Tuesday after a case of measles was confirmed in Eugene. They have launched a full investigation to determine the potential reach of the case. It is believed the un-named 40-something man who lives and works in Eugene, contracted the disease while at Disneyland.
County Health spokesman Jason Davis says hundreds of people  have been notified, interviewed and in some cases, tested.

Visitor Restrictions At Salem Hospital Due To Flu Risk

Jan 3, 2015
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Salem and West Valley Hospitals are limiting visitors to protect patients from the flu virus. Only people needed to give support to and care for patients should visit. And people who are currently, or just slightly ill should not visit. Since December 28th, Salem Hospital has admitted 9 patients who tested positive for the flu, and health care officials are concerned activity will increase. The Oregon Health Authority encourages all residents to get vaccinated even though flu season is underway.

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