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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

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Today we share a rebroadcast of our vaccines show. To vaccinate? Or not. Here in Hawaii, recently compiled numbers show what school communities are at risk for measles, as several charter school campuses have large numbers of exemptions for the mandatory vaccinations.

Our guests are:

  • Dr Sarah Park, Epidemiologist for the State Health Department,

  • Yvonne Lau, Chief Operations Officer at the Hawaii Public Charter School Commission,

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NEW YORK — Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

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It’s been a little more than two years since Hawai‘i Island was hit with an outbreak of dengue fever. While local cases involving the virus have been quiet since then, dengue is at the center of a controversy in the Philippines. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Bytemarks Café: Finding a Vaccine for Ebola

Dec 13, 2017
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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan find out about some important work being done on finding a cost effective vaccine for the Ebola virus.

They'll find out about a unique partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi's John A. Burns School of Medicine and local company Hawaiʻi Biotech seeks to develop a robust, scalable solution.

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Today on The Body Show, talking about the new vaccines on the horizon with guest Dr. Andrew Croaker of the Centers for Disease Control about the different shots offered for kids, adults seniors, and more.

The Conversation: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

May 12, 2016
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Family Tension Over Vaccines; Filipino Renaissance Man: Martin Nievera; Nani Hale Strike; Jazz Guitar Legend Stanley Jordan

Dilema of Child Vaccines: Dr. Reena Shah

  With all the talk about kids getting shots these days, what are the recommended vaccines for children and young adults? Dr. Michael Hamilton, 2013 Best Docs in Hawaii for Pediatrics, is in the studio, and he'll share how to keep the complex shot schedules straight for kids of all ages. 

  Measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, hepatitis, pneumonia – what do these all have in common? Vaccines to prevent them.  Today on The Body show we’ll have nationally renowned Dr. Bill Atkinson, who spent 25 years at the CDC, live on the show to help explain why shots exist and why we all need them.