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Lane County Health Officials are encouraging parents to take advantage of the holiday break by getting their children vaccinated.

Families have several weeks with no school, and for some parents, extended time off. Approximately 30,000 children aren't vaccinated in Oregon, and the primary reason is due to old religious exemptions.

Jason Davis is a spokesman for Lane County Health & Human Services. He says the State ranks first in the nation in allowing the most vaccine exceptions for children, and Lane County is in the top tier.

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The fourth boy charged in Eugene's Civic Stadium fire was sentenced today (Wednesday.) As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, the juvenile took responsibility for his actions and must now follow the conditions of his probation.

Flu season is upon us. Typically it starts in Southeast Asia and makes its way around the globe. Oregon is one of the last states to see flu outbreaks— they start appearing in mid-October.

People underestimate the common flu—it can be deadly-- especially to those with compromised immune systems. Jason Davis is with Lane County Public Health.

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Lane County Youth Services is launching a new program focused on improving results for youth dually involved in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems.

Whooping Cough is on the rise in Oregon. Deschutes County health officials report more than 20 cases since the first of the year. Lane County has confirmed nine.

The bacterial infection, Pertussis, is also known as whooping cough. The Chinese named it the "hundred day cough"—because of the severe spells it elicits.

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According to the World Health Organization, 195,000 children die from the disease each year. Whooping cough is easily spread through coughs and sneezes.

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Staff, volunteer nurses and EMT’s are giving Meningitis vaccines to University of Oregon students at a staggering pace. Public Health officials say ten percent of the student population has received the shot so far. Meanwhile, Lane County Public Health continues to investigate the Meningitis outbreak.

Public Health officials have yet to confirm which of the sickened students is the “sentinel case,” – the one who contracted the disease first. They continue to evaluate several people but say there are currently no suspected cases.

Lane County Public Health has confirmed a third case of a University of Oregon student with the deadly bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis. Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says the young man lives off campus. He says the U of O has reached out to students and others who may have been in contact with the patient.

"The good news is it is a relatively confined population of people and so we're confident that we're going to be able to get a handle on this."

Flu season usually peaks in the second or third week of January, but not this year. Flu cases are still increasing in Oregon, and at a steep rate.

The strain of the flu affecting most people in Oregon this year is called H-3-N-2. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services. He says there's been misunderstanding about this year's flu vaccine.

"The vaccine will actually work against H3N2, it's just not working as well as we'd like it to, but it's still working. So, it's still a really good idea to get the vaccine, and it's far better than not getting it."

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A new primary healthcare facility is opening this week in West Eugene. The Brookside Clinic is the fifth Community Health Center to serve new patients in Lane County.

A Community Health Center is much like any other doctor’s office except *these clinics focus not only on individual health but the well being of the entire community. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Davis: “As you, a patient, are going in and seeing your doctor you’re also being challenged toward prevention.”

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