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This week is Infant Immunization Week. It calls attention to a growing concern. Nationally, and here in West Texas, children are not being vaccinated due to a fear among some parents that the MMR vaccine leads to autism. MMR stands for measles, mumps, and rubella.

The nation spends billions on care for patients during the last year of life. And a recent IOM report found all that spending isn’t necessarily helping us live longer or better. Is there a better way to help patients nearing the end of their lives get the kind of care they prefer?