A California law that took effect last year is making it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children — an issue that has taken new prominence as the state deals with an outbreak of measles.
The number of whooping cough cases in the Southland and throughout California has reached epidemic proportions, state health officials said Friday.
Seven cases of measles have been confirmed in Orange County this year and authorities say the most recent cases spent time in public areas while contagious.
Getting a flu shot will be a requirement this year for all healthcare personnel in Los Angeles County.
A record-high of 45 rabid bats have been reported in Los Angeles County this year, according to the Department of Public Health.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed off on a flurry of legislation over the weekend after working through 142 bills on his desk before a midnight deadline on Monday.
The warning comes after nearly 20 cases of the disease — which causes a painful swelling of the salivary glands — were reported at UC Berkeley.
As the peak of whooping cough season and the school year approach, California public health officials are pushing parents to get middle and high school students vaccinated against the highly infectious illness.
Riverside County public health officials are reminding parents to get their children vaccinated against whooping cough over the summer break.
A new study alleges that a fund set up by the U.S. government to compensate those injured by vaccines has paid out claims to dozens of families of autistic kids.
California health officials want parents of teens to get up to date on their whooping cough vaccine to get into compliance with a new law for 2011.
Despite the re-emergence of measles in the Southland, officials say many parents are opting not to vaccinate their child over increased fears of links to autism.
With more than 6,200 cases of whooping cough reported in California, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Wednesday recommended that those 65 or older who are around infants get vaccinated.
A Northridge pediatrician says parents and caretakers should get immunized from the latest epidemic of whooping cough in order to protect infants who are too young to get vaccinated.
Health officials say vaccination rates for toddlers remain high, but they are concerned about an overall drop in measles vaccinations.