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Sen. Lamar Alexander

Vaccines save lives

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 5:50 am

LAMAR ALEXANDER u.s. senator From smallpox to polio, we have learned in the United States that vaccines save lives. And yet a troubling number of parents are not vaccinating their children. Here in the United States, we are now experiencing a large outbreak of measles, a disease for which we have a vaccine. Last week, the Senate health committee that I chair held a hearing on the re-emergence of vaccine-preventable

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