vaccination rates http://kplu.org en 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