Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter

Rebecca Plevin
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Rebecca Plevin is a Health Reporter at KPCC.

Prior to working at KPCC, Rebecca spent five years covering health news in California's Central Valley, first for the bilingual paper Vida en el Valle, and then for Fresno-based Valley Public Radio. She was also a lead reporter on The Reporting on Health Collaborative's groundbreaking series of stories about valley fever.

Rebecca’s work has appeared on Morning Edition, The California Report, Latino USA, and Capital Public Radio's health documentary series, The View From Here. She has twice earned the George Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, as well as top honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Rebecca grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She's also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher and an avid rock climber.

Stories by Rebecca Plevin

Who is responsible for making sure school children are properly vaccinated?

During this current measles outbreak, the media has focused a lot on people who are intentionally unvaccinated. But it turns out that a significant number of kindergartners enter school under-vaccinated.

Schools don't track whether under-vaccinated kids get all of their shots

L.A. Unified and other schools have no system to track whether "conditional entrants" — kindergartners who don't have all of their shots — get up to date.

Measles FAQ: Where to get vaccinated, who should do it and more

Once all but eradicated in the United States, the highly contagious disease has returned. Here are answers about its spread, vaccines and what to do if you are infected.

I've had one dose of the measles vaccine. What should I do?

Many adults have only one dose of the measles vaccine. Local doctors and the state health department recommend adults get a second dose, but the CDC doesn't go that far.

Disney measles outbreak has parents scrambling to vaccinate kids

Local pediatricians say a lot of anxious parents are checking on their kids' vaccination status, and deciding to no longer delay vaccinations.

No measles vaccination? Don't go to Disneyland, state says

There are now 67 confirmed cases since the outbreak began last month. And some infected people have visited Disneyland in January.

Disneyland measles tally up, OC high school students kept home

Twenty-three unvaccinated students at Huntington Beach High School are being forced to stay home, after a classmate contracted measles.

Measles tally at Disney parks jumps to 33

State epidemiologist Gil Chavez says what's unusual is "the apparent infectiousness" of the infected person or people who first brought the disease to the parks.

Disney measles cases now stand at 26

Those who got sick visited Disneyland or California Adventure between Dec. 15-20. Six had to be hospitalized, and at least 12 were unvaccinated.

Flu picking up steam in Calif.

The flu is not yet widespread here. But the number of patients visiting a healthcare provider for a flu-like illness exceeds levels expected for this time of year.

Orange County confirms 3 more Disneyland measles cases (updated)

That brings the number of people infected at Disneyland or California Adventure between Dec. 15-20 to 17.

OC confirms 2 more Disneyland measles cases; LA adds 1 'likely' case (updated)

That would bring the total to at least 12; Orange County also lists three medical facilities where the public could have been exposed to measles around New Year's.

One woman's challenge: Lower cholesterol in 3 months, without meds

Karen Perea Gannon's doctor wanted to prescribe her cholesterol medication. She knew that if she immediately went on the drugs, she might never change her lifestyle.

9 people contract measles after Disneyland visit

State health officials say seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on a trip to Disney theme parks in California in December.

NYC requires flu shots for day care, preschool. Should Calif.?

Kids attending New York City-licensed day care centers and preschools must have at least one dose of the flu vaccine. Should California follow suit? Take our poll.