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For the second time in a month, opponents of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order – many of them openly carrying firearms -- rallied at the state Capitol Saturday in an event that brought together sign-waving citizens, conservative state legislators, Republican and Libertarian candidates for public office and members of far right groups.

The unpermitted “Hazardous Liberty” event, which drew an estimated 1,500 people and stretched on for more than four hours, was smaller than a previous protest in April, but no less defiant in its message.

Northwest Mumps Outbreak Puzzles Health Officials

Jan 9, 2017
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Health officials in Washington state said there have been 151 cases of mumps have been reported statewide since the end of October. Only 46 were reported in the four years prior. Mumps has also been reported in Oregon this year.

Spokane Measles Quarantine Includes 6 Infants

May 5, 2015
Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Six infants may have been exposed to the measles in a recent outbreak in the Spokane area, and 25 people are under quarantine.

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Oregon and Washington lawmakers flinched within hours of each other Wednesday when it came to toughening mandatory vaccination requirements for schoolchildren.

Northwest Lawmakers Debate Vaccine Exemptions

Mar 9, 2015
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Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

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Legislative moves to limit school immunization exemptions are drawing vocal opposition from some parents. Opponents of mandatory vaccination crowded a public hearing at the state capitol in Olympia Tuesday, and the scene could repeat itself in Salem Wednesday.

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Some Northwest lawmakers want to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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A big measles outbreak in British Columbia has crossed over the border into the American Northwest.

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Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.

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Oregon lawmakers want to make parents think twice before deciding not to have their kids immunized. The Oregon Senate Thursday approved a measure that would add steps to the way parents can opt out of the requirement.

The Oregon Health Authority says more than six percent of children enter kindergarten without the required number of vaccinations. It has been the highest highest rate in the nation, and it's been climbing.