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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recap of 2019 health threats and responses (Part 2)

From an outbreak of mysterious lung-injury deaths to America’s near loss of measles elimination status, the beginning of the end of the U.S. HIV epidemic to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), CDC worked around the clock – and around the globe – to protect Americans from domestic and global health threats in 2019. Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest health...

Number of Ky. parents claiming religious exemption for children’s vaccinations jumps 59 percent

Kentucky Health News More Kentucky children are not being immunized “for medical and religious reasons,” Ashleigh Mills reports for Spectrum News. “Doctors worry the number could be growing because of misinformation circulating online.” In the last school year, parents of 442 sixth graders exempted them from vaccines. That was only 1.5 percent of the total, but an increase of...

New state regulations requiring all students to have current immunization certificates now in effect

New state immunization regulations requiring all children attending child day care centers, certified family childcare homes and other licensed facilities that care for children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools to have a current immunization certificate on file are now in effect. The regulation also spells out the required immunizations schedule for attending...

August is Immunization Awareness Month; Kentucky CHFS urges parents to get children vaccinated

August not only marks the beginning of school in Kentucky, but also National Immunization Awareness Month, highlighting the importance and benefits of immunizations. “Vaccines are a requirement for school entry and help protect the health of children and that of their classmates and their community,” said Dr. Hiram Polk, commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). “When children...

Commentary: Kentucky immunization policies must keep up with medical innovation

By Dr. Kyle Keeney Special to KyForward Advances in medicine have made the world a much healthier place. From diagnostic technologies to innovative antibiotics, caregivers today are able to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure a greater number of health conditions more effectively than ever. People are living longer as a result. Immunizations in particular have played a critical role in improving...