By News-Register staff • 

Last excluded student back in school

“All five families originally given exclusion orders were able to provide proof of vaccination for their children,” Manager Lindsey Manfrin said in a press release. “Exclusion orders from Dr. Koenig, the Yamhill County public health officer, also a practicing pediatrician, were lifted when this information was provided,”

The students were excluded May 19, because a student contracted whooping cough, the common name for pertussis, and the school had no record of vaccination for them.

Manfrin noted, “Pertussis can be a fatal disease, particularly to infants. Unfortunately, we have seen the devastating impacts of pertussis in Yamhill County families and children.

“Public Health will do all that we can to protect community members. We rely on our partners such as schools, medical providers, and community members themselves, to be part of that effort.”

Koenig was quoted in the press release as saying, “I see these babies and children in my office with this disease. In one particular case, I had a baby spend months in an intensive care unit and now has lifelong physical and mental challenges because of this disease.”

The parents of one of the excluded children had raised objections because the vaccination is not 100 percent effective, so even immunized children could potentially pass it on.


Horse with no name

We are lucky to have dedicated health care professionals looking out for our community. I suggest less Fox TV / conspiracy radio programs and more professional education will raise the community IQ regarding what to really be afraid of.


If you've ever contracted whooping cough, believe me, you will understand the importance of vaccination. This infection will bring you to your knees--even for a strong person. You literally cannot breathe. Terribly dangerous for infants and the elderly.

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