Vermont Health Department

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5:30 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Incidents of Flu Appear to Be on the Rise in Vermont

Incidents of the flu appear to be rising in Vermont.

As of last week, about 20 percent of hospital visits were for respiratory illnesses and about 5 percent of visits to doctors' offices were for flu-like symptoms. Three adults have died so far, all of them in December.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Vermont Offers Free Whooping Cough Vaccine

The Vermont Health Department was dispensing free vaccines Wednesday at clinics around the state to prevent the spread of whooping cough,  which has reached epidemic numbers in Vermont.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Vermont Health and Safety Officials Talk Fatalities

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Vermont officials are trying to prevent any more highway fatalities this year by urging drivers to slow down, buckle up and not drive drunk or drug-impaired this holiday season.

Officials say Vermont has seen a spike in fatal crashes over last year — with 75 to date, compared to 51 last year.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Vermont Officials Urge Adults to Get Vaccinated

Vermont health officials are urging adults to get a new vaccine for whooping cough as the state deals with an outbreak of the disease.

More than 500 people have been affected by whooping cough or pertussis this year. That's 10 times the amount reported by the end of 2011.

More than 20 babies younger than a year have had the disease and six infants have had to be hospitalized.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Some Vermont Parents Object to Vaccine Exemption Form

Vermont Health Department officials have rewritten rules designed to implement a new law on childhood immunizations, but some parents aren't satisfied with how those changes are being made.

An earlier draft of the rules said when parents want to exempt their child from vaccinations they need to sign a form implying they agree with the Health Department's assessment of the vaccines' risks and benefits. Parents who have expressed skepticism about vaccines say that's compelled speech, and that it violates the First Amendment.

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WAMC News
4:15 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Vermont Says EEE Threat Reduced, But Not Eliminated

The Vermont Health Department says efforts to control mosquitoes in Brandon and Whiting are working, but it doesn't eliminate the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Earlier this month the state used aircraft to spray pesticides in Whiting and Brandon and the number of mosquitoes captured in traps in the area has been cut in half.

But Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says that while the risk of EEE infection in Vermont has been reduced, there is no way to kill enough mosquitoes to eliminate the threat.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Increase in Vermont

The Vermont Health Department says cases of whooping cough are increasing in the state.

The state says there have been 201 confirmed cases this year, with 68 of them reported from June 1 through Aug. 8. No deaths have been reported.

Three infants have been hospitalized with confirmed or probable whooping cough, also called pertussis, since June 1.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Vermont Expands List of Banned Drug Chemicals

Vermont is roughly doubling — to about 170 — the number of chemicals it is banning as ingredients in so-called designer drugs.

That word came Thursday as dozens of state and federal law enforcement officials gathered at the Statehouse to strategize in a war on drugs that has expanded to substances called bath salts and spice.

Governor Peter Shumlin addressed the group and vowed the full support of his office as police around Vermont visit head shops and convenience stores where a wide range of the products are sold.

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