New Rabies Cases in Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — It can take one bite for a human or animal to contract the rabies virus – and in Benton County, there have been two cases of rabid bats within the last week. Last week, a cat was euthanized after it killed a rabid bat. “The option there was to quarantine the … Continue reading »

Preparing Kids for the School Year

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Just about two weeks until local kids head back to school and school districts are reminding parents to get their kids vaccinated and if new to school get an eye exam. Starting this year, any child under age seven, who’s starting school for the first time is required to get an eye … Continue reading »

Vaccination Opt Out Guidelines Changing

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon parents who choose to opt out of vaccinating their kids will have to follow some new guidelines before getting the exemption. Legislation that passed in July goes into effect March 1. It’ll require any parents who want to opt out of vaccinating their kids to get a note signed by a … Continue reading »

VARHS Offers Vets Free Flu Shots

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The VA Roseburg Healthcare System says it’s offering free flu shots next week. VARHS says the free flu vaccination will be offered on October 2 and 3, at the VA Medical Center, 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. It says veterans are encouraged to get their flu vaccine at that time. Flu vaccines … Continue reading »

Updating Your Child’s Vaccinations

(CNN) — Reading, writing and arithmetic are all important. But when it comes to a student’s well-being, public health officials say vaccines are the best way to ward off diseases. So it’s always good to update your child’s immunization records. That’s because as adolescents get older, some of the protection from their childhood shots begin … 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 »

Interview: Lane County Tdap Clinics

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Public Health is hosting the first of seven Tdap clinics Wednesday. This comes after four confirmed cases of pertussis reported last week. The illness has a transmission rate much higher than the flu. One case can spark 16 more. Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health was live in the … 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 »

County Works to Give Last-Minute Shots

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Public Health is desperate for families to immunize their children and prevent outbreaks of disease, but the county has one of the lowest rates of properly immunized kindergartners in the state. Wednesday is exclusion day in Lane County, meaning children who are not up to date on their shots won’t … Continue reading »

State Lawmakers Review Vaccinations

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s one week left before all students in Oregon must be vaccinated for school, Lane County officials say the county has one of the lowest immunization rates in the country. Lane County Public Health says there are still more than 2,000 children who haven’t received their proper immunizations. According to them, a … Continue reading »

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