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Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations.... Read more»

Traveler with contagious measles case may have exposed public at Tucson airport

A visitor to Tucson may have exposed the public to an active case of measles at Tucson International Airport on Monday, officials warned.... Read more»

Drop in vaccinations puts Arizona at risk of outbreak, AZDHS warns

The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a report warning that increased exemptions from vaccines are putting the state at risk this year for an outbreak of measles, mumps and other preventable diseases.... Read more»

Analysis

Measles: Why it’s so deadly, and why vaccination is so vital

Some people believe measles is a benign, childhood disease that causes a bit of a rash. But the disease is one nasty "little bag of destruction" that will thrive in naive populations — and it's back with a vengeance. ... Read more»

Researchers: Maricopa County’s low vaccination rates could put larger population at risk

A recent study identified Phoenix as a “hotspot” for potential disease outbreak because of the high rate of parents who opt out of vaccinating their children.... Read more»

Wealthy, charter-school parents opting kids out of vaccinations

The rising number of parents opting out of vaccinating their children is a concern around the state, but particularly in Yavapai County, which has Arizona's second-lowest rate of measles, mumps and rubella vaccination among kindergartners. ... Read more»1

Legislative roundup for week ending Feb. 6

Last week the Legislature voted to move forward a bill banning red-light camera ban, a Senate committee voted to move forward a bill banning driver's from texting, and Democrats took to social media to urge fellow legislators to prioritize schools rather than prisons after Governor Ducey’s budget proposal.... Read more»1

States with looser laws have lower immunization rates

The current measles outbreak has some states questioning laws that make it too easy for parents to get exemptions from immunization requirements. ... Read more»

Measles outbreak sparks bid to strengthen Calif. vaccine law

State lawmakers in California introduced legislation Wednesday that would require children to be fully vaccinated before going to school, a response to a measles outbreak that started in Southern California and has reached 107 cases in 14 states.... Read more»

FactCheck

Factchecking false narratives on the measles outbreak

Rep. Mo Brooks and potential presidential hopeful Ben Carson both suggested a connection between illegal immigration and the spread of diseases such as measles in the United States. ... Read more»

FactCheck

Rand Paul repeats baseless vaccine claims, back-peddles

SciCheck: Sen. Rand Paul gave false and misleading statements about vaccine safety in two separate interviews, including a claim that “many” children have developed “profound mental disorders” after vaccinations.... Read more»

Advocate: Arizona measles outbreak a wake-up call on vaccinations

An immunization advocate says the current measles outbreak should be a wake-up call for Arizonans to get vaccinated. And for many it is. ... Read more»

Take precautions against measles, Az officials say

With seven confirmed cases of measles and an estimated 1,000 people believed to have been exposed as of Friday, health officials and advocates were urging Arizonans to take precautions.... Read more»

Bill would make Az schools post vaccination rates to websites

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites including immunization rates among students – information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland.... Read more»

Comic:

.45 caliber health care

Arizona ranks among the lowest-performing states in the United States for children's health coverage.... Read more»5

Health

Medical journal retracts study linking autism, vaccines

The Lancet has formally retracted a controversial paper published 12 years ago that purported the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism. ... Read more»