Measles was eradicated in the US in 2000, but the past couple of years have seen new cases in large part because of unfounded fears that the vaccination causes autism in children

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More than 23,000 people, mostly children, have been infected with measles in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 400 have died, according to United Nations agencies and Doctors Without Borders

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Contentious legislation that would require school children to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and polio heads to state senate committee

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Several hundred Californians swarmed the State Capitol on Wednesday to oppose a bill that would eliminate their right not to vaccinate their children against contagious diseases like measles. They were able to help stall a committee vote on the legislation by a week

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The AP reports Disneyland officials sent emails to officials about language to use when talking about the park, outbreak

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So why aren’t black celebrities, pastors and the NAACP screaming about this issue? Because, according to Dr. Carlton Haywood Jr. of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, a lot of this anti-vaccination movement is about class and choice, as much as it’s about race. “It’s true that blacks and Latinos are less likely to get immunized from diseases than whites, but a lot of that is about healthcare access”

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“This is a wake-up call to make sure that we keep measles from regaining a foothold in our country.” Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters

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Our Nancy Kass discusses ethics, public health and measles vaccinations on MSNBC’s NewsNation with Tamron Hall

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