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Defying Parents, A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated

Measles is a highly contagious illness that can cause serious health problems, including brain damage, deafness and, in rare cases, death. Vaccination can prevent measles infections.
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Measles is a highly contagious illness that can cause serious health problems, including brain damage, deafness and, in rare cases, death. Vaccination can prevent measles infections.
Despite his mother's belief that vaccines are bad, Ethan Lindenberger decided to get his shots.
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Courtesy of Ethan Lindenberger
Despite his mother's belief that vaccines are bad, Ethan Lindenberger decided to get his shots.

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