Rebecca Plevin Health Reporter
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
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.
Local pediatricians say a lot of anxious parents are checking on their kids' vaccination status, and deciding to no longer delay vaccinations.
There are now 67 confirmed cases since the outbreak began last month. And some infected people have visited Disneyland in January.
Twenty-three unvaccinated students at Huntington Beach High School are being forced to stay home, after a classmate contracted measles.
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.
Those who got sick visited Disneyland or California Adventure between Dec. 15-20. Six had to be hospitalized, and at least 12 were unvaccinated.
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.
That brings the number of people infected at Disneyland or California Adventure between Dec. 15-20 to 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's float honors health care workers fighting Ebola in West Africa, including two of its doctors who died of the disease.
More pedestrians die on New Year's Day than other days, according to a Mother Jones analysis. Fifty-nine percent of pedestrians killed on New Year's Day were drunk.
Graduate students from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology are counseling residents of the Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row.