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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott looks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, last month. Abbott announced Sunday that his government would close a loophole to discourage families from refusing childhood vaccinations. Lukas Coch/EPA/Landov hide caption

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The H1N1 swine flu virus kills some people, while others don't get very sick at all. A genetic variation offers one clue. Centre For Infections/Health Pro/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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Measles is highly contagious, and it produces fever and rash in susceptible people who become infected. Hazel Appleton/Health Protection Agency Centre/Science Source hide caption

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Why A Court Once Ordered Kids Vaccinated Against Their Parents' Will

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Students use tablets in a classroom in Mae Chan, a remote town in Thailand's northern province. Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The 50 Most Effective Ways To Transform The Developing World

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Sara Martín reads bedtime stories with her children. When the kids were younger, she says, staying up to date on their frequent immunizations was tough, because of cost and transportation issues. Lauren M. Whaley/CHCF Center for Health Reporting hide caption

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Schools Not Keeping Track When Kids Are Behind On Their Shots

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Measles vaccine isn't a part of most workplaces. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Can Employers Require Workers To Be Vaccinated? It Depends

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

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California is one of 20 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccination requirements for reasons of "personal belief." About 10 percent of students in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district are not immunized. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Measles + Low Vaccination Rates = Big Headaches For Schools

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Dr. Eric Ball examines a healthy 5-day-old patient in his office in Ladera Ranch, Calif. Ball and colleagues decided this week to take only patients whose parents follow the recommended vaccine schedule. Courtesy of Eric Ball hide caption

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

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Jackie Carnegie immunizes Mabel Haywood in a Colorado Health Department immunization van in 1972. Shots for measles and other infectious diseases were offered. Ira Gay Sealy/Denver Post Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Juniper Russo walks her dogs with her daughter Vivian (left). Courtesy of Juniper Russo hide caption

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Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

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Dr. Ben Carson speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Conservative Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Says Vaccines Are A Must

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