vaccines en California Whooping Cough Cases Reach Epidemic <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>By early June, California already had more cases of pertussis (whooping cough) than in all of last year.</p><p>Translation: there's a whooping cough epidemic in California.&nbsp;</p><p>Pertussis is another disease for which there is a vaccination, but the disease has come back from the brink of disappearing.&nbsp; Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14439 at California Whooping Cough Cases Reach Epidemic Measles Returns From The Brink <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The year is not even half over, and there are already nearly as many measles cases in Oregon (five) as all of last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is a problem, when you consider that public health officials considered the disease "eliminated" 14 years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>For a dead disease, 280-plus cases across the country (60 so far in California) this year is a lot.&nbsp; Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 13708 at Measles Returns From The Brink Oregon Vaccine Exemptions Tighten <p></p><p>Parts of our region lead the country in avoiding vaccines.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Ashland is especially high in the incidence of parents seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.&nbsp; That may change under a law that goes into effect next week.&nbsp; Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 8075 at Oregon Vaccine Exemptions Tighten Gently Approaching Vaccination Resistance <p>Vaccines provide resistance to disease, but concerns about side effects provide resistance to the vaccines.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>And the concerns are especially pronounced in Ashland, which has one of the highest vaccine avoidance rates in the country. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:00:02 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 1919 at Gently Approaching Vaccination Resistance