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  HIV is still a scary virus for many people, but not the death sentence it once was.

People can now live long lives with HIV, provided they get the proper treatment and medication.  Could a vaccine be far away? 

It is certainly under study, but has been for a long time. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, has been involved in the quest for decades now. 

Vaccination Exclusion Day In Oregon: Feb 18

Feb 9, 2015
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The whole country is talking about vaccines and vaccine exclusions, now that measles cases are popping up all over. 

And it's one of the diseases we thought vaccines got rid of. 

Parents of public school kids in Oregon face a February 18th deadline to vaccinate their kids.

Whooping Cough And Chicken Pox Flare Up

Dec 30, 2014

California is seeing more cases of whooping cough (pertussis) than at any time in the last 70 years. 

And Jackson County on the Oregon side is seeing more cases as well. 

Pertussis and chicken pox are both up in number, causing concerns for county health officials. 

California Whooping Cough Cases Reach Epidemic

Jun 23, 2014
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By early June, California already had more cases of pertussis (whooping cough) than in all of last year.

Translation: there's a whooping cough epidemic in California. 

Pertussis is another disease for which there is a vaccination, but the disease has come back from the brink of disappearing. 

Measles Returns From The Brink

Jun 9, 2014
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The year is not even half over, and there are already nearly as many measles cases in Oregon (five) as all of last year. 

Which is a problem, when you consider that public health officials considered the disease "eliminated" 14 years ago. 

For a dead disease, 280-plus cases across the country (60 so far in California) this year is a lot. 

Oregon Vaccine Exemptions Tighten

Feb 24, 2014
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Parts of our region lead the country in avoiding vaccines. 

Ashland is especially high in the incidence of parents seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.  That may change under a law that goes into effect next week. 

Gently Approaching Vaccination Resistance

Oct 25, 2013
James Gathany/CDC

Vaccines provide resistance to disease, but concerns about side effects provide resistance to the vaccines. 

And the concerns are especially pronounced in Ashland, which has one of the highest vaccine avoidance rates in the country.