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This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 23, 2019

When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

My story with birth control

My story with birth control

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

September 25, 2019

Although I came in feeling like a strong woman taking charge of her health, I immediately felt like a teenage girl being warned not to get pregnant. My doctor took me through a birth control tour unprompted, showing off an IUD like a brand new Mercedes. I said I would think about it.

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