Measles and football are on the minds of health officials in Phoenix

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PHOENIX, AZ – With just hours to go before the Super Bowl in Phoenix, not everyone is thinking about football. A lot of people are thinking about measles and how to keep it from spreading.

Already, as many as one thousand people in Arizona may be at risk for measles, including about 200 children. Across the country, the measles outbreak has hit 14 states so far spreading from Disneyland in California to Tarrant County in Texas.

Administrators at Palm Desert High School in California sent home 66 students because they were not fully vaccinated for measles.

In Marin County, California, only about three out of 100 kids are not vaccinated, but support is growing for schools to ban all unvaccinated kids.

Carl Krawit says his six-year old son is at risk because he has leukemia and cannot be vaccinated.

A lot of parents refuse to vaccinate their kids, fearing it could result in autism and other conditions. But health officials say that’s not only bunk, the study supporting the claim has been debunked.

“There was a fraudulent, unethical study published in England, it has since been retracted by The Lancet. It has never been reproduced, said Dr. Catherine Troisi of the UT Health School of Public Health.

Meanwhile, back in Phoenix, health officials are hoping deflated balls are the worst thing that can happen on Sunday.

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