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The world has two kinds of measles problems.

In low-income countries like Madagascar and in strife-ridden countries like Yemen, the disease takes a toll because vaccines are not available or accessible or affordable. In Madagascar alone, there have been nearly 80,000 cases and an estimated 900 deaths since September.

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Facebook announced on Thursday it is taking steps to combat the spread of anti-vaccine information across the social media platform by reducing the distribution of misleading medical advice and relying on vetting from leading global health organizations that "have publicly identified verifiable vaccine hoaxes."

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A Norwalk teen who got vaccinated against his mother's wishes testified Tuesday before a U.S. Senate committee examining preventable disease outbreaks.  

All U.S. states require most parents to vaccinate their children against some preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough, to be able to attend school. Such laws often apply to children in private schools and day care facilities as well as public schools.

Incoming Ohio 7th and 12th graders must be immunized against meningitis under a new state law.

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The Columbus City Schools and Columbus Public Health have launched a campaign to get students vaccinations.

Back to school time means it's time for parents to get updated vaccinations for their children. 

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State health officials say influenza activity is on the rise in Ohio and residents should get vaccinated.