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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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A combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella protects kids against all three illnesses with one shot. Courtney Perry/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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States Move To Restrict Parents' Refusal To Vaccinate Their Kids

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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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