immunization http://kplu.org en Local baby is first to die from whooping cough; new tips for pregnant moms http://kplu.org/post/local-baby-first-die-whooping-cough-new-tips-pregnant-moms <p></p><p>The whooping cough epidemic in Washington is nearly over – but not soon enough for a baby in King County. The newborn was Washington’s first fatality this year, despite a near-record number of infections.</p><blockquote><p>"The baby had gone home, and we believe it was exposed to someone with unrecognized pertussis, got infected, and then developed complications and died," says Jeff Duchin, chief of epidemiology for Public Health Seattle &amp; King County.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:18:17 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7405 at http://kplu.org Local baby is first to die from whooping cough; new tips for pregnant moms Vaccination rates reverse trend, with help from new law http://kplu.org/post/vaccination-rates-reverse-trend-help-new-law <p>The percentage of kindergartners in Washington who are fully vaccinated has gone up slightly, since a new law took effect making it harder to opt-out.</p><p>A change in state law took effect last July, requiring parents who want to exempt their kids from one or more vaccines to first hear from a doctor or nurse about the risks and benefits.</p><p>Michele Roberts, of the Washington Department of Health&#39;s immunization program, says some people doubted the law was strict enough to make a difference. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 01:10:42 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5037 at http://kplu.org Federal campaign reaches out to Northwest's vaccine-shy parents http://kplu.org/post/federal-campaign-reaches-out-northwests-vaccine-shy-parents COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - The federal government’s top health officers are making an appeal to the Northwest’s medical community to boost vaccination rates. The deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control’s immunization branch spoke at a public health conference in Coeur d’Alene Friday as part of the national campaign.<p>Last year, Washington and Oregon immunization rates were among the lowest in the nation. Idaho’s was average. That’s according to a CDC survey.<p>Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson has joined the push to encourage parents to stay on top of vaccine schedules. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:10:25 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4874 at http://kplu.org Federal campaign reaches out to Northwest's vaccine-shy parents Pediatricians struggle over patients who won’t vaccinate http://kplu.org/post/pediatricians-struggle-over-patients-who-won%E2%80%99t-vaccinate <p>Doctors across the country are saying <a href="http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011-11-14/Refuse-vaccines-and-risk-dismissal-by-doctor/51204016/1">they might fire you as a patient</a> if you refuse to let your child be immunized, according to a few stories that have ignited all kinds of <a href="http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/pediatricians-who-refuse-families-who-dont-immunize/">discussions about vaccines</a> and <a href="http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/armchair-ethicist-flu-season-edition/">the role of pediatricians</a>.</p><p>But a new survey confirms that&rsquo;s a minority viewpoint, particularly among pediatricians in Washington.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:57:27 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3271 at http://kplu.org Pediatricians struggle over patients who won’t vaccinate Injecting personal values into vaccine policy http://kplu.org/post/injecting-personal-values-vaccine-policy <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976911.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976911.mp3</a></p><p>Parents who are hesitant about giving their children all the required immunizations have an unusual chance to share their views Tuesday. The national committee that decides when kids should get vaccines is taking testimony in Shoreline, north of Seattle -- inviting the public into a discussion of values. It&rsquo;s just the second time they&rsquo;ve asked for input.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:40:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2052 at http://kplu.org Injecting personal values into vaccine policy