Minnesota Prepares For Flu SeasonThe flu is the virus that haunts us all winter long. But Kris Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Health is calling this season lackluster, so far. "I know a lot of people are thinking, 'It was so much busier the last couple of years, what's happening?'" Ehresmann said.
California Legislature Passes Strict School Vaccine BillCalifornia lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.
Minnesota's School Vaccination RatesThis week on WCCO Sunday Morning, Esme Murphy talked with Doug Schultz from the Minnesota Department of Health about the current controversy surrounding vaccinations and the high-profile measles outbreaks.
Doctor: Measles Can Be Tough For Younger Doctors To SpotMeasles was all but eradicated in the U.S. decades ago, thanks to the immunization program. That's a problem for some doctors. Hennepin County Medical Center's Dr. David Hilden said younger physicians sometimes don't make a measles diagnosis until the appearance of a rash, which is a late stage symptom.
Bill Requires Talking To Doctor Before Opting Out Of ShotsA Minnesota lawmaker wants parents who don't vaccinate their children to meet with a doctor first.
Measles Outbreak: To Vaccinate Or Not VaccinateWith the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years.
Girl Quarantined With Mumps Received VaccinationA Twin Cities mom says her 6-year-old daughter contracted the mumps despite getting all of her vaccines on time. The little girl, named Aurora, is in quarantine right now through Christmas to prevent others from getting the highly-contagious disease that has no known cure or treatment.
Mumps Spreading Through Suddenly Sick NHLThe NHL is facing an unusual outbreak of the mumps. So far, about a dozen players on four teams have been diagnosed with the illness that usually strikes children. It started in Anaheim and plagued the Ducks, who had three players affected. It then moved to the Minnesota Wild, who had five victims.
Doctors: Most Recent Flu Sufferers Skipped VaccinationNew figures released by the Minnesota Department of Health show the flu continues to be widespread. Last week there were 186 hospitalizations, down nine from the previous week. But experts say that does not reflect a decrease because many cases from last week have yet to be officially reported. Doctors who spoke with WCCO say many people who have gotten the flu this year are laid up for at least a week.
Study: Flu Vaccine Good For Healthy Children, TooTwo new studies are reminding parents that getting children vaccinated for the flu can save lives.
Mom Warns Parents To Vaccinate After Baby's Near DeathA Minnesota mother is pushing all parents to vaccinate their kids after a case of whooping cough put her baby in intensive care for nearly a month.
Rate Of Child Vaccinations Drops In MinnesotaA national immunization survey states Minnesota's child vaccination rates are declining.