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New Facebook feature directs vaccine searches to CDC website

(NBC News) – Facebook is debuting a new feature to prevent the spread of anti-vaccine information.

The company says educational pop-up windows will now appear when a user clicks on a vaccines-related page, hashtag or search.

The window provides a link to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s website that gives information on vaccines.

Users outside the U.S. will be connected to the World Health Organization.

The launch comes as a measles outbreak has hit the U.S. with more than 1,200 confirmed cases across 31 states this year.

The CDC says, “Combating vaccine myths and misinformation is a shared responsibility and we applaud these efforts.”


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