August 16, 2017

Around the nation: Many Calif. kids lack vaccinations, Los Angeles Times finds

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    • California: Despite a 2015 law eliminating non-medical exemptions to vaccination requirements, the vaccinate rate among kindergarteners across nearly 750 schools in the state is still below the 95 percent vaccination rate experts say is necessary to prevent the spread of measles and other highly contagious diseases, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis. Further, the Times found that for the 2016-2017 school year, the number of kindergarteners with medical exemptions grew threefold (Karlamangla/Poindexter, Los Angeles Times, 8/13).

    • Kentucky: Jennifer Nolan will take over as president of KentuckyOne Health's Flaget Memorial Hospital, effective Sept. 1. Currently, Nolan is president of KentuckyOne Health's Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Our Lady of Peace hospital. Nolan has served as a CEO and COO for several health systems (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/14).

    • Massachusetts: The 27 police departments in Plymouth Countyare piloting a new database for documenting opioid overdoses that they hope will let them share information in real time and help more individuals enter treatment. According to the system developers, every overdose that the department responds to is included in the new database, which triggers the system to send a recovery coach and non-uniformed officer for a follow-up visit to the person who overdosed within 24 hours. At the follow-up visit, officials offer resources to the individual and his or her family, as well as treatment options (McDermott, AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/14).

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