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A health worker gives the oral polio vaccine to a child in Karachi, Pakistan. Fareed Khan/AP hide caption

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Ghost Viruses And The Taliban Stand In The Way Of Wiping Out Polio

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Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption

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Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

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Band-aid at the ready, Sara McRae, a medical assistant at Unity Health Care, heads in to vaccinate a pediatric patient. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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The Other Reasons Kids Aren't Getting Vaccinations: Poverty And Health Care Access

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Signs advertising free measles vaccines and providing information about measles are displayed at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. The county in New York City's northern suburbs has had more than 200 measles cases since last fall. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Measles used to be a common childhood disease, but after an effective vaccine was developed, the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. This year's outbreaks, however, put that status in jeopardy. solidcolours/Getty Images hide caption

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MMR — the modern combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella — provides stronger, longer-lasting protection against measles than the stand-alone measles vaccine typically given in the U.S. in the early 1960s. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Measles Shots Aren't Just For Kids: Many Adults Could Use A Booster Too

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The Brady Bunch, circa 1970, with oldest sister Marcia seated in front. In one episode of the show from 1969, the sisters and brothers all stay home from school with measles. ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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'Brady Bunch' Episode Fuels Campaigns Against Vaccines — And Marcia's Miffed

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A nurse prepares the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Haverstraw, N.Y. Several measles outbreaks in New York state are contributing to this year's unusually high measles rates. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Measles Outbreak 'Accelerates,' Health Officials Warn

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A nurse holds a tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough vaccine in 2016. Physician Judith Guzman-Cottrill tells NPR that she has met many families who hesitate to give their children vaccines. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters hide caption

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The multistate measles outbreak in 2015 led pediatricians in Scottsdale, Ariz., to warn patients they might be exposed during office visits. The state's medical associations oppose legislation that would make it easier for parents to opt out of school vaccinations for their kids. Tom Stathis/AP hide caption

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Arizona Legislature Mulls Bills To Weaken Vaccination Requirements

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A measles vaccination campaign in Manila, Philippines, this year. The measles vaccine is believed to confer an additional benefit beyond immunity to the measles virus. Vaccinations against other diseases — polio, tuberculosis, typhoid — may also confer an unintended protection. Alejandro Ernesto/Getty Images hide caption

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