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Vaccine mandate opponents pray over Republican Rep. Jennifer Gross at Ohio Statehouse

Vaccine mandate opponents are taking another shot at ending certain requirements

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Opponents of vaccine mandates are taking on a new fight in the Ohio Statehouse after other pieces of priority legislation failed to pass out of the legislature. A new bill, HB679, would do away with incentives or penalties for businesses that are based on requiring their employees to get… Read More

Vaccine mandate opponents pray over Republican Rep. Jennifer Gross at Ohio Statehouse

Opponents of vaccine mandates in Ohio say they are not giving up after the latest rejection

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected the latest petition summary submitted by the group that wants a ban on mandatory vaccines – either enacted by lawmakers or, if they don’t pass it, by voters. This is the fourth time Yost has rejected the group’s language. He issued this statement… Read More

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins speaks into a podium microphone

The NIH director on why Americans aren’t getting healthier, despite medical advances

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It’s Dr. Francis Collins’ last few weeks as director of the National Institutes of Health after 12 years, serving under three presidents. Collins made his name doing the kind of biomedical research NIH is famous for, especially running The Human Genome Project, which fully sequenced the human genetic code. The focus… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Vaccine Bill Would Allow COVID Shot Mandates In Ohio, But Would Guarantee Lots Of Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —A bill allowing businesses and schools to require COVID vaccines that’s set for a full vote in the Ohio House also guarantee broad exemptions for employees and students. The measure attempts to address elements of COVID-related bans that have been proposed in other bills. But it has opposition from a major… Read More

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It’s Time For A Flu Shot. Here’s What You Need To Know

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — With all the talk about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, it’s easy to forget that there’s another respiratory virus poised to strike. Yes, it’s that familiar winter nemesis, the flu. And there are vaccines to help ward it off — but also misinformation and fears circulating. “We’ve been concerned about vaccine fatigue… Read More

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Ohio’s New Vaccine Scheduling Website Is Ready But Won’t Be Available Yet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — One of the current frustrations with scheduling vaccines in Ohio is that there’s not one centralized place to go to do that. The state now has a website for that but don’t expect to use it anytime soon. Gov. Mike DeWine says the site has been built and is ready… Read More

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WATCH: How Vaccine Hesitancy is Contributing to Deadly Measles Resurgence

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As health care officials around the world struggle to respond to novel coronavirus, another deadly — and far more contagious — disease is on the rise, fueled in large part by insufficient immunization. In some countries, military conflict diminishes access to vaccines. But in other parts of the world, misinformation and vaccine hesitancy allow the… Read More

W.Va. Officials Plan for Measles at World Scout Jamboree

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia state health officials and Boy Scout leaders say they’re preparing for the possibility that some children may bring measles to the World Scout Jamboree this summer. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports officials are encouraging measles vaccinations for the 45,000 Scouts and leaders expected to travel across the world and country… Read More

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Amid Measles Outbreaks, Debate Grows Over Religious Exemptions From Vaccination

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Toni Wilkinson has seven children, three of them under six, and all of them home-schooled. So her house on a Lexington, Kentucky, cul-de-sac is rarely quiet. Just inside the front door are bins filled with shoes, piles of jackets on a long bench. Across the room is the family library, crammed with school books. Crowded… Read More

Ohio Teen Tells Senate Why He Defied His Mom to Get Vaccinated

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents. Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, said his mother’s “love, affection and care is apparent,” but that… Read More

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Advocates To Push Vaccine Legislation At Ohio Statehouse

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The father of a boy killed by bacterial meningitis and an expert in infectious diseases are among advocates coming to the Ohio Statehouse to promote new vaccine legislation. The Immunization Advocacy Network of Ohio has organized an event Tuesday to speak to state lawmakers. The organization of immunization providers and supporters says vaccines are valuable… Read More