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Department of Public Instruction goal: 100 percent immunized or exempt students

September 7, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Nearly 10,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students across the state are not fully immunized, according to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. That’s about 8 percent of the elementary and secondary academic population. Continue Reading

SD official urges vaccinations for kids

August 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) A South Dakota health official says parents of pre-teens and college freshmen should make sure their kids are vaccinated for a couple of diseases before heading back to school.
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More U.S. parents opting out of some or all school vaccinations for children

November 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, including Minnesota, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren’t getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found. The trend concerns, if not alarms, public health professionals. Continue Reading

More than 1 in 10 parents skip, delay kids’ shots

October 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found.
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Bioethicist challenges Bachmann on vaccine claim

September 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A prominent bioethicist has offered $10,000 to charity if Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can prove her claim that a vaccination caused mental retardation. Continue Reading

Vaccination rates for Minnesota teens increase

August 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The share of Minnesota teenagers who have received three key vaccines grew significantly last year, but public health experts said they are still troubled by the relatively slow adoption of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Continue Reading

Health officials not on track to eradicate polio

July 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The world is not on track to wipe out polio by the end of 2012, a group of independent health experts warned Wednesday.
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Measles outbreak over in Minnesota, officials say

June 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s been six weeks since the state’s last measles case. The totals from the state’s worst outbreak in years stand at 23 cases including 14 children who had to be hospitalized. But there were no deaths. Continue Reading

Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

November 26, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

It’s not too late to get a flu shot and there is plenty of flu vaccine available, say state health officials. Continue Reading