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'This outbreak will get worse': Officials warn the spread of measles is on track to break annual records

The United States is on track to break the record for the number of confirmed measles cases this year after health officials on Monday revealed 71 additional cases have been reported reported in the last week.

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GoFundMe bans antivax fundraisers as tech companies finally crack down on medical disinformation

On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that crowdfunding platform GoFundMe is banning anti-vaccine activists from fundraising to promote medical disinformation and conspiracy theories:

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This GOP governor just said he deliberately infected his children with chickenpox while defending vaccine exemptions

Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) told WKCT radio on Tuesday that he opposes mandating vaccines to send children to school and as evidence that there are alternatives, explained that he had deliberately infected his children with chickenpox.

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Right-wing politician who condemned mandatory vaccination hospitalized for chickenpox

On Tuesday, it was reported that Massimiliano Fedriga, a right-wing Italian politician who governs the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, was hospitalized for chickenpox.

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This GOP congressman-elect just played into the worst anti-vaccine conspiracy theories - and he's not the only one

This week, the Tennessean reported that Mark Green, a physician and state senator who was just elected to Tennessee's 7th Congressional District, told a crowd of constituents at a town hall meeting that he believes there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism — and that he plans to get the proof he thinks is being hidden by the Centers for Disease Control.

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Most People Who Got a Flu Shot This Year Aren't Protected From the Most Common Strain

Three-quarters of people who got a flu shot this year were not protected against H3N2 flu, the viruses that have caused the lion's share of disease in what has been one of the most difficult flu seasons in years in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While…

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Telling the Anti-Vaccine Community They're Wrong Has Been Tried for Years Now, and It Doesn't Work - Here's Another Approach

Texas has become an emerging battleground for the national vaccine debate. The Parents' Right to Know legislation recently filed in the Texas House and Senate would require rates of vaccine exemption for each school to be made public. This bill will undoubtedly be controversial, as the anti-vaccine movement is gaining political footing among Texan elected officials. Events in Texas reflect a wider trend, as the latest Pew poll suggests 17 percent of American are against mandatory vaccination. There’s even an anti-vaccine activist march on Washington planned for March 31. No wonder a recent op-ed depicted the anti-vaxxer movement as “winning." It certainly appears to be spreading.

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Interest in Home Schooling Surges as California Parents Look to Sidestep Vaccine Law

With the passage of a new law this summer mandating vaccines for schoolkids in California, home school advocates and organizations say they are seeing surging interest in off-campus education options that would exempt them from the requirement.

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When It Comes to Avian Flu, Which Came First: The Diseased Chicken or the Chicken Disease?

According to a recent report, this year’s avian flu outbreak has cost the state of Iowa, the country’s largest egg producer, $1.2 billion in sales, lost wages and losses for farmers. Minnesota and Nebraska also suffered heavy losses.

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Anti-Vaxxer Children's Book Is Getting Destroyed Hilariously by Amazon Trolls

In 2012, a proactive Australian anti-vaxxer named Stephanie Messenger self-published a children’s book called “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.” With the book, Messenger endeavored to “educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully.” The book’s illustrated cover features a girl frolicking in a meadow with her stomach exposed, revealing a number of measles pocks all over her body. The whole thing is truly grotesque — so much so, that Amazon has put a disclaimer on the book’s description, noting that it is “provided by the publisher/author of this title and presents the subjective opinions of the publisher/author, which may not be substantiated.”

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Overprotective Parents Gone Over the Edge -- Vaccine Hysteria on the Rise, and Old Diseases Are Making a Comeback

Disease Amnesia hovers. It afflicts, for the most part, upper-income, upper-educated parents, vigilant over their children’s safety. You can spot the parents buying fiddlehead ferns at Whole Foods, coaching soccer games, volunteering at PTA meetings.

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