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How One Woman Is Working To Educate Parents On Vaccinations

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Measles is a highly contagious illness that can cause serious health problems, including brain damage, deafness and, in rare cases, death. Vaccination can prevent measles infections. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Defying Parents, A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated

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A team of researchers in Boston has developed an insulin-delivery system that injects the medicine directly into the stomach wall, which is painless. Felice Frankel/MIT hide caption

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Avoiding The Ouch: Scientists Are Working On Ways To Swap The Needle For A Pill

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A measles outbreak in Washington state has triggered a state of emergency. In Clark County, where 35 cases have been reported, 31 were not immunized. Courtney Perry for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The shortage is a nationwide problem. And the cause, according to the drug's manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, is simple: "Unprecedented demand." Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A medical worker holds a measles-rubella vaccine at a health station in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At least 36 students at a North Carolina school have become infected with chickenpox. The school has many students whose parents claimed a religious exemption from state vaccination requirements. Milos Bataveljic/Getty Images hide caption

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A nurse vaccinates a baby against rotavirus, a deadly form of diarrhea. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Merck Pulls Out Of Agreement To Supply Life-Saving Vaccine To Millions Of Kids

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Charlie Hinderliter got a bad case of the flu back in January. He spent 58 days in the hospital, underwent two surgeries and was in a medically induced coma for a week. Neeta Satam for NPR hide caption

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Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He's Getting The Shot

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This did not really happen. Cows' heads did not emerge from the bodies of people newly inoculated against smallpox. But fear of the vaccine was so widespread that it prompted British satirist James Gillray to create this spoof in 1802. Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University hide caption

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China's leaders have vowed to impose stiff penalties on drug companies who break the law, after a large vaccine company was found to have faked its records. Here, a child receives a vaccination shot at a hospital in China's southern Guangxi region on Monday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A vaccine given during pregnancy protects the baby against whooping cough, but only about 50 percent of pregnant women get it. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Pregnant Women: Avoid Soft Cheeses, But Do Get These Shots

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Cost, procrastination and a lack of insurance coverage are just a few of the reasons adults give health care providers for not getting vaccinated against shingles and other illnesses. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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