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Georgia Moore was diagnosed with leukemia the day after her 10th birthday. The fourth-grader began an intense chemotherapy regimen, which left her immune system vulnerable and kept her from attending her small, private Montessori school in Austin, Texas.

But her younger sister Ivy was in kindergarten at the same school, where a handful of families opted out of vaccinating their children. That meant 6-year-old Ivy might bring home germs that could pose a risk to Georgia.

Over the weekend San Antonio Express-News reporter Rye Druzin was escorted out of the Austin Education Summit by Dallas County Sheriffs.

The reason? He still doesn't know exactly why, but he is pretty sure that reporters weren't welcome.

The Americas Are Now Officially 'Measles-Free'

Sep 28, 2016

The Americas are now free of measles, the first region in the world to achieve that goal, the Pan American Health Organization announced this week. The success is credited to the effectiveness of mass vaccination programs over the past 22 years.

What leads some people to say no — rather than yes — to vaccines? A survey of nearly 66,000 people about attitudes toward immunization has found some surprising results. In France, 41 percent of those surveyed said they did not have confidence in the safety of vaccines. By contrast, in Bangladesh, fewer than one percent of those surveyed expressed a lack of confidence.

Medical professionals have been quick to counter comments made by Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood about a link between autism and childhood vaccinations.  The medical groups stress there is no scientific link between the two, and vaccinations are an important preventative measure for children. 

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