8 facts about vaccines: how they work, who's getting them, and who's NOT getting them
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Vaccines work.

Endless scientific research has shown that vaccines do an excellent job of controlling and even eradicating diseases. They prevent about 2.5 million deaths per year and save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on health care costs.

Yet some schools in the United States have lower vaccination rates than some developing countries.

That's not good. As we've seen over the past year, we're vulnerable to measles outbreaks in the U.S. Whereas in some countries, mothers know that a vaccine is the difference between life and death for her children and will walk great distances for the opportunity to vaccinate their kids.


Maybe we just need to understand vaccines better.

Here are eight facts about vaccines. They're worth a quick read.

If you'd like to keep vaccine-preventable diseases under control, maybe this is worth a share!

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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