vaccinations

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The Texas House of Representatives has passed a measure that would prevent doctors from vaccinating foster children—even when those vaccinations would prevent them from later getting cervical cancer.

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Texas has seen 221 cases of mumps this year. That’s more cases than at any time in the past 20 years, reports KUT.

56 mumps cases being reported in Kansas

Mar 12, 2017
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56 cases of mumps have been reported in Kansas, prompting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to urge Kansans to take precautions. 

As The Wichita Eagle reports, 56 mumps cases have been reported in Kansas since March 4.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the cases were reported in Atchison, Barton, Crawford, Douglas, Ellis, Finney, Franklin, Johnson, Marshall, Riley, Rooks and Thomas Counties.

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As childhood immunization rates rise in Colorado, a lawmaker wants to strip funding from the state’s Immunization Information System.

As The Denver Post reports, Colorado ranks 14th in the country in childhood immunization rates, according to a study released Friday.

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Three cases of mumps are currently being investigated by the county health department in Finney County and state health officials are investigating whether additional people were exposed to mumps during wrestling meets last week.

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Health officials are urging Kansans to get flu vaccines in the wake of high levels of influenza striking most regions of the state.

As The Wichita Eagle reports, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reporting that Kansas is now experiencing widespread influenza activity.

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North Texas and Oklahoma have been experiencing the worst mumps outbreak in years.

More than 300 Oklahomans have been diagnosed, in Canadian, McClain, Osage, Tulsa, Woods, Kay, and Garfield counties, according to KWTV.

Texas, meanwhile, has seen the worst outbreak in a decade after steady declines, reports KCEN.

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In recent months Texas has launched itself into the center of the anti-vaxxer movement.

According to a new report by Science magazine, the Lone Star state is us quickly becoming a battlefield in the war between those who support childhood vaccinations and those who claim they’re dangerous.

Amarillo Vaccine Program a Success

Oct 6, 2015
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Last year Amarillo created a program to protect residents from disease. And now that program is growing, reports Amarillo.com. The effort to immunize moderate- to low-income adults has given a few hundred more immunizations this year over last year. The city expects the number to increase by another few hundred vaccinations next year. Last week the Amarillo City Council voted to pay over half a million dollars for the vaccines it will take for the adult program.

When it comes to vaccinating to prevent the human papillomavirus, Kansas shares last place with Utah reports the Kansas Health Institute. The virus causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. A partnership is working to improve that rate. The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and the University of Kansas Cancer Center are concentrating their efforts on a key outreach component to ensure adolescent girls receive the full regimen.

Free health clinic serves Amarillo's uninsured

Feb 4, 2015
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Hundreds of people in Amarillo are now receiving health care who normally would not be able to afford it reports Madison Alewel for NewsChannel 10.

Heal the City is a free clinic in the San Jacinto neighborhood.  It’s open every Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The clinic is the brainchild of Dr. Alan Keister. After making several medical missions to Central America, Keister knew there was a mission to complete right here in Amarillo.