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Health officials investigate spike in whooping cough cases

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Hoosiers need to be wary of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, after an increase in cases across the state. In the first half of 2017, 136 cases of pertussis have been already confirmed in Indiana. That is more than twice the cases the state saw in the same period of […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Preventing meningitis outbreaks at state schools

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 29th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Students attending Indiana state colleges and universities can now add meningitis to the list of vaccinations required before they can further their education. “Close contact is […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Need a vaccine? Go to your local pharmacy

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Starting in July, Hoosiers will be able to go to their local pharmacy to receive vaccines for a wide range of conditions. Senate Enrolled Act […]

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Pharmacists could soon administer more vaccines

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers could soon go no farther than their local pharmacy for more of their shots. Senate Bill 51 looks to expand the number of vaccines pharmacists can administer, as the current number sits at just six. The neighboring states of Illinois and Kentucky have no limits on the types […]

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Pence takes his medicine

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence rolled up his sleeve Friday morning and took it in the arm. Pence got his flu shot at a Kroger store in Greenwood, a suburb just south of Indianapolis. Pence received his vaccine in the same week the state recorded its first flu-related death of the […]

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Gov. Pence encourages parents to protect children by vaccinating

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After nearly 100 children were sickened in California from a measles outbreak, Gov. Mike Pence urged Hoosier parents on Tuesday to protect their children. “Indiana law requires all children be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases like the measles by getting vaccinated,” Pence said in a statement. The California Department of […]