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Measles are preventable and costly, health officials say

There have been over 150 measles cases detected nationwide, including dozens of young children in the Pacific Northwest. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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This winter, a measles outbreak brought the vaccination debate to the forefront of national discourse. There have been over 150 measles cases detected nationwide, including dozens of young children in the Pacific Northwest. Health officials say measles are preventable and costly. On Tuesday morning, a Senate committee will hear testimony about vaccines and preventable disease outbreaks from pediatricians, Washington state’s secretary of health and Ethan Lindenberger, the 18-year-old from Ohio who just opted to get vaccinated despite the views of his anti-vaxx parents. So how might the federal government intervene in this costly, growing outbreak?

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