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Anti-vax movement growing in Brazil as measles makes a comeback

Anti-vax movement growing in Brazil as measles makes a comeback

Established in 1978, Brazil’s national immunization program offers 19 free types of vaccines. Through effective public health campaigns, the country has eradicated a series of diseases, such as measles, polio, diphtheria, and rubella. Some of them, however, are staging a comeback, as vaccination rates are dropping in Brazil, accompanied by the rise of anti-vax movements.

The Health Ministry hadn’t observed a single case of measles in Brazil since 2000. However, in 2018, there were 10,262 registered cases. This year, there have been another 426 confirmed cases, of which most are concentrated in São Paulo. In 40 days, the...

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