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Social media posts repeatedly misuse unverified data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System to falsely claim that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous, and even lethal. But the government database is not designed to determine if vaccines cause health problems, and millions of people in the United States have safely received COVID-19 vaccines. Read more»

A vaccine for COVID-19 may only effectively stop the spread if enough people take it.

Health care workers and residents of nursing homes would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee. Read more»

Amid a pandemic that in the U.S. has caused roughly 5 million infections and nearly 160,000 deaths while decimating the economy, the vaccine trials have drawn far more interest than is typical for a clinical trial, organizers said. Read more»

This photo from the 1960s shows a child with measles. Vaccinations have largely controlled measles and many other diseases, but recent cases and exposures in Arizona have put those who aren’t vaccinated at risk.

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»

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don't forget that you can't enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at one of its Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free. Read more»

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don't forget that you can't enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at two Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free. Read more»

Get your children immunized before the back-to-school rush. Read more»

Kristin Fields holds her 18-month-old daughter Leah as Maricopa County Department of Public Health nurse Pearl Napa administers vaccines at a clinic in Glendale. Fields said vaccines are vital to protecting her daughter’s health.

While most states allow parents to opt out of vaccinations for medical or religious reasons, Arizona is among a minority allowing exemptions for philosophical or personal reasons. A Cronkite News Special Report looks at how exemptions are prompting fears of disease outbreaks. Read more»

Barring state universities and community colleges from requiring students to have immunizations would remove a roadblock to higher education for some Arizonans, a state lawmaker said. Read more»

Free vaccinations for children are available during back-to-school immunization fairs beginning Thursday. Read more»