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December 6, 2008

Flu shot could help students' grades

An article in the Star Tribune reports on a study from the University of Minnesota that found that students how get a flu shot miss fewer classes and do better on tests and class work.

Here are some of the key findings:
Vaccinated students are:

46 percent less likely to miss a class.

40 percent less likely to botch an assignment.

47 percent less likely to have a bad test.

47 percent less likely to have to go to the doctor.

Read more about the study in the article.

WHO, CDC report drop in measles deaths worldwide

An article in USA Today reports that deaths from measles have fallen worldwide. Due to an increased push for vaccinations, measles deaths have dropped 74 percent from 2000-2007.

While deaths from measles have fallen worldwide, the United States has seen a resurgence in measles cases. According to the article, there were a total of 135 cases in the United States this year, which is the "highest level in more than a decade." The article reports that nearly half of those cases "involved children whose parents rejected vaccination."