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Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations

Despite a rebound, routine childhood immunization rates are still lower than in 2019 and disparities in rates between racial and economic groups -particularly for Black children- have been exacerbated. Child health experts hope to boost those rates with a focus on well-child visits.... Read more»

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans any COVID-19 vaccine mandates — including for private employers

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued another executive order — this time banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees or customers while leaving in place other state vaccine requirements.... Read more»

ASU students react to Ducey’s order blocking mask and vaccination policies

Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order barring Arizona’s public universities and community colleges from requiring students to get a COVID-19 vaccine or submit their vaccination records is being met with mixed reviews by some ASU students and staff. ... Read more»

What childhood vaccine rates can, and can't, teach us about COVID vaccines

When the vaccines become available to the general public, will enough people get it in your county, city or neighborhood to keep your community safe? Data on childhood vaccines, such as the one that protects against measles, mumps and rubella, provide hints. ... Read more»

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»

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»

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»

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»