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Tom James: Don’t let COVID-19 pandemic create an epidemic of measles or other preventable diseases

Delayed haircuts, “drive-by” birthday parties, staycations – these will be common 2020 family memories. Don’t let measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, or other preventable diseases become part of the memory. I’m a practicing pediatrician who is old enough to remember treating children for bacterial meningitis and rotovirus before a vaccine was readily available. Several patients had mild...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds NKY Health’s actions to control chickenpox outbreak

KyForward staff The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) calls the Kentucky Court of Appeals’ Order issued on June 26 in the Kunkel litigation a resounding victory for public health in Kentucky. The Court of Appeals upheld the Boone County Circuit Court’s finding that the control measures implemented by the Northern Kentucky Health Department in response to the chickenpox outbreak at...

Al Cross: Gov. Bevin is reckless to disregard the science on chickenpox; public health matters

When Gov. Matt Bevin volunteered to a Southern Kentucky radio audience March 19 that he had exposed his nine children to chickenpox, and questioned the need for vaccinations and laws requiring them, it was more than the latest example of him being reckless with his mouth. It was a new low in public officials’ willful ignorance or disregard of science, an alarming trend that is taking us to new highs...

Bevin says he exposed his kids to chickenpox, rejecting vaccinations; health officials say that’s risky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview that he exposed his nine children to chickenpox instead of vaccinating them, a practice that is strongly opposed by health officials as risky. Bevin also cast doubt on longstanding government policy of requiring vaccinations and incorrectly attributed the requirement to the federal government rather than the state. His...