vaccines

Jefferson Exchange | June 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

California Whooping Cough Cases Reach Epidemic

Vaccines had almost eliminated whooping cough as a health issue.
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Dr. Kathleen Harriman describes whooping cough and its prevention.

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Measles Returns From The Brink

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Dr. Paul Cieslak lays out concerns about measles cases getting more numerous.

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Vaccine Exemptions Tighten

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Stacy de Assis Matthews explains the new law on non-medical exemptions for child vaccines in Oregon.

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 25, 2013
11:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Gently Approaching Vaccination Resistance

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Vaccine discussion (and disagreement): Dr. Stephen Wells, Dr. Bonnie Nedrow and Jennifer Margulis.

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.

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