Back to School Health Tips

EUGENE, Ore. — With school starting this week, it’s a great time to brush up on some tips to make sure your kids stay healthy. Flu is the biggest concern at schools this time of year. The Lane County Public Health Department urges parents and children to get the flu shot early. Other illnesses to … Continue reading »

National Immunization Awareness Month

EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of Americans die from vaccine preventable illnesses each year and recently, diseases like measles and pertussis or whooping cough have made a comeback. The Lane County Public Health Department says today’s vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. It’s important for infants and children to be up to date on … Continue reading »

Corvallis Nursing Home Contains Illness

CORVALLIS, Ore. —  Nearly one-third of residents at a Corvallis nursing home have been sick within the last week after a respiratory illness spread through Corvallis Manor, and staff members are asking visitors to keep their distance. Corvallis Manor says 21 of its 67 residents have experienced cold-like symptoms – some even with conjunctivitis, also … Continue reading »

Study: Kids, Working Adults Spread Flu

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Researchers at Oregon State University say vaccinating younger populations could reduce the spread of the flu. The study suggests children in school and young adults at work spread the flu the most. Current vaccine programs are focused on the elderly and those higher at risk of death. But OSU researchers say programs … Continue reading »

Students Diagnosed with Pertussis

BLACHLY, Ore. — Two Triangle Lake Charter School students are recovering from the whooping cough that is affecting the rest of the school. School administrators say two students tested positive for pertussis, more commonly known as the whooping cough, at the school in April. Both kids are a part of the third grade class. Once … Continue reading »

Pertussis Cases Cause Concern

EUGENE, Ore. — Three confirmed cases of the whooping cough within the last week have Lane County health representatives concerned. The illness has a transmission rate much higher than the flu. One case can cause up to 16 more. So the county has scheduled six Tdap clinics over the next two months to help people … Continue reading »

1 in 3 Don’t Have Paid Sick Days

(CNN) — You know that coughing co-worker you wish would stay home? Turns out, many Americans cannot afford to. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly a third of the nation’s employees cannot take sick days. While most full-timers get paid sick days, only a fraction of part-time workers get them. That’s raising health … Continue reading »

Clinics See Flu Vaccine Rush

EUGENE, Ore. — With flu shots scarce at pharmacies in Lane County, we learned, some urgent cares seem to be the only places with a good supply. The four urgent cares in our area are seeing an influx in people lining up for the flu shot. We began reporting Thursday night that the urgent cares … Continue reading »

19 People Hospitalized Due to Flu

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County Public Health says a flu outbreak at an assisted living facility sickened 55 people. Nineteen of those were taken to the hospital. The health department says the people were infected with Influenza Type A, which causes severe fever, cough, runny nose, nasal congestion and muscle and joint aches. It can … Continue reading »