Oct 25, 2018

CDC finds drop in vaccinations during deadliest flu season last year

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Only 37% of Americans got vaccinated for the flu last year, which is said to be one of the deadliest seasons in decades, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report suggests that a 6.2% drop in vaccination from the previous season could be factor behind the severity of last year’s season. The epidemic killed an estimated 80,000 Americans — the highest level for at least four decades. At least 180 children, 80% of whom were not vaccinated, were killed and there were 900,000 hospitalizations.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."