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Tuesday morning, June 16, 2020

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Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, 2020

Researchers writing in the journal Science found that when kids get measles, it can cause “amnesia” in the immune system. 

In much of the Mountain West, measles vaccination rates are below the recommended 95% level.

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Two cases of mumps identified in school kids in Sanpete County over the weekend have raised concerns about vaccination rates in the state.

The flu epidemic was especially deadly last year. And our region was no exception. Tens of thousands of people are estimated to have died in the U.S. from the flu virus last season, including a record high of 180 children.  

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After a slow start to Utah’s flu season, the virus is in full swing. Health experts say the current strain is similar to last year’s.

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Simone Jackson is spending the first morning of 7th grade at the Salt Lake County Health Department’s immunization clinic.

“After I get this,” she says, “then I’ll be able to go into my school.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking doctors to not use the FluMist nasal spray vaccine for this year’s flu season. 

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Health officials are warning parents that a case of whooping cough has been confirmed at Salem Hills High School in Utah County.

Two Utah County residents have tested positive for measles after a trip to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in mid-December.

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A vaccination known to prevent cervical cancer is still not offered at public health departments in at least five Utah counties. Meanwhile, the state is nearly dead last in the number of girls who get vaccinated. 

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Health officials say influenza is rapidly spreading around Utah. The state Department of Health has logged more than 200 flu-related hospitalizations this season. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 36,000 people die every year from the flu. So far in Utah, there are no confirmed deaths, but state health officials only track flu-related deaths in children. Health department epidemiologist David Jackson says vaccines are still available.