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We've had three cases of measles recently and Jefferson County is seeing about six cases of whooping cough.

 

Earlier this year, the Oregon legislature passed a law that would make it more difficult for parents to seek vaccination exemptions.  

 

In order to get these exemptions, for anything besides a medical reason, parents need to hear from a health professional, the risks of doing so.

 

Dr. Paul Cieslak with the Oregon Public Health Division says he feels it will address some of parents concerns.

 

"It's going to be another hoop they have to jump through.  We're hopeful parents who are opposed to vaccines, but just have questions, will find this information helpful and will be reassured about the safety and values of vaccines."

 

Dr. Ciselak says it will be a year from now before we really know whether this law will make a difference in our vaccination rates.

 

Currently 6 percent of kindergartners in Oregon don't get the required vaccinations.

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  • Purcell Boulevard Northbound lane between Neff Road and Full Moon Drive (West side of the hospital) is closed until December 20th.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.