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7:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Many Amish Breaking Tradition, Getting Measles Vaccine

Nurse Jacqueline Fletcher prepares an Amish boy to be vaccinated against measles.
Credit San Hendren / WOSU News

The Knox County village of Danville calls itself the gateway to Amish country.  It’s here that the county health department has set up a makeshift clinic.  It’s attracting dozens of families who come in to be vaccinated against measles.

In a handful of central Ohio counties, public health officials are traveling back roads and setting up these clinics in churches and town halls.  They’re trying to contain a measles outbreak among the mostly unvaccinated Amish community.

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Health, Science & The Environment
12:44 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Roundtable on Infant Mortality Rates to be Held

Members of the Ohio Senate Committee on Medicaid, Health, and Human Services and other health professionals from around the state will be in Cincinnati Thursday to discuss how to improve Ohio’s infant mortality rate. 

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Flu Cases in Ohio Most Since State Began Tracking

The Ohio Department of Health says flu cases this past season were the most since it began keeping count.

Stats show that 5,200 Ohioans were hospitalized with the flu from September last year through mid-May 18.

That's even up from 2009-2010 when the swine flu pandemic when there were 3,200 flu-related hospitalizations in the state.

State health officials tell The Dayton Daily News that it's hard to say why there were so many cases during the past  flu season.

They say there's no indication that a new virus led to the spike in hospitalizations.

Health, Science & The Environment
6:04 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Ohio Addictions Chief to Address Overdose Deaths

The head of Ohio's addictions agency plans to talk about new data showing state residents still dying from drug overdoses at record rates.

Orman Hall is director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. He also will use a news conference Tuesday afternoon to push for addiction treatment and other health care services for all Ohioans.

Data released last week show the number of people who died of accidental overdoses jumped 14 percent in 2011 for a total of over 17 hundred overall deaths.

Health, Science & The Environment
4:04 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Ohio Flu Season Sees Rise In Hospitalizations

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting a spike in the number of people hospitalized with influenza this year compared to last year.

Department spokeswoman Shannon Libby says it's early to see this much flu activity, with cases typically going up in January or February.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday that 863 Ohioans have been hospitalized with influenza this season, compared with just 65 by this time last season.

The paper says totals from early October through Dec. 22 included 326 hospitalized across the state during the week of Dec. 16-22.    

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