vaccination

As American independence rang, a sweeping lockdown and mass inoculations fought off smallpox

BY: - October 7, 2021

By Woody Holton, University of South Carolina Many Americans of the founding era denounced government tyranny, celebrated the Declaration of Independence – and favored lockdowns and mass inoculations to combat a viciously contagious disease. Unchecked, smallpox kills more than one in 10 of its victims, leaving many of the rest blind, disfigured and sometimes sterile. […]

COVID-19 hospitalizations climb; vaccination rate trickles

BY: - September 21, 2021

An average of more than 6,400 Ohioans continue to contract COVID-19 per day, according to data from the state health department. The recent surge of cases is driven by children aged 18 and below, who comprise nearly 3 in 10 infections statewide. Nearly 3,700 Ohioans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to data from the […]

School vaccine records missing for tens of thousands of Ohio students 

BY: - August 24, 2021

School vaccination records were missing or incomplete among roughly 1 in 5 sampled Ohio middle and high school students last year, despite state law requiring local boards of education to track immunizations records of all enrolled students. All Ohio students, per state law, must be vaccinated against mumps, tetanus, polio, measles, Hepatitis B, chicken pox […]

DeWine signs bill to temporarily ban school COVID-19 vaccine mandates

BY: - July 15, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Wednesday that could block schools from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for the fall. In the dying moments of the final legislative session before a summer recess, lawmakers tacked the vaccine provision as an amendment onto an unrelated bill regarding educational opportunities for military children. The amendment: It passed on […]

State school board member asks Ohio supt.: ‘Are you paid by Bill Gates?’

BY: - July 15, 2021

During a recent state school board discussion of student vaccinations, a board member offered a question to the Ohio superintendent of public instruction. “I’m just wondering what kind of influence Bill Gates does have on you … “Are you paid by Bill Gates?” board member Diana Fessler asked Supt. Paolo DeMaria. The comments came during […]

Misinfo thrives at Spanish-speaking vaccination site; health workers are fighting back

BY: - July 6, 2021

LORAIN — Wanda knows she’s lucky to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Her three adult-aged children in the Dominican Republic haven’t yet had the chance — there are too few doses for too many people to go around. In the United States and Ohio in particular, the inverse is true: There’s an abundance of vaccines and […]

DeWine, top lawmakers met with national anti-vax leader in 2019

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine and legislative leaders in the Statehouse met in 2019 with Robert Kennedy Jr., a scion of the American political dynasty and a leading voice of anti-vaccination politics. Kennedy, son of U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, came to the Statehouse to speak in support of legislation […]

Ohio judge adds COVID-19 vaccination as terms of probation

BY: - June 25, 2021

A Franklin County judge recently began including vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of defendants’ terms of probation. Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye said Thursday he added the vaccine as a condition on three cases this week of the roughly 20 sentences he imposed. He said he discussed the matter in open court with the […]

‘Tell the truth,’ Louisiana college president says of struggle to vaccinate returning students

BY: - June 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Leaders in higher education from Florida and Louisiana on Thursday related how colleges coped with a rough year of online learning and vaccine distribution amid the pandemic, during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. The hearing included Dr. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically […]

States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Across the hundreds of pages of plans that state officials sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on distributing and tracking the yet-to-be-approved COVID-19 vaccines, there are more questions so far than answers on how exactly vaccine programs will be carried out. Yet states will be on the front lines for […]

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Amid pandemic, getting annual flu shot is more important than ever

BY: - September 1, 2020

In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner made an observation: when deliberately exposed to cowpox – a relatively mild illness spread routinely from cattle to humans – patients developed immunity not just to cowpox, but to smallpox, a deadly virus that had killed countless individuals around the world throughout recorded history. The first vaccine was invented, […]

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What Ohio can do to fight coronavirus

BY: - March 4, 2020

Last week, Nancy Messonnier, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, released a statement on coronavirus’s likely spread to the United States, saying that “It’s not a question of ‘if,’ but rather a question of ‘when’ and how many people in this country will have severe […]