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4 your health: Protecting young people from guns; vaccinations may put more kids in school

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Tucson- Improving child vaccination rates, especially with girls, may improve school attendance in developing countries.

Adolescent girls in low income nations are less likely to go to school than boys, especially if they are caring for siblings who are sick. But a new Stanford University study estimates boosting vaccination rates could significantly narrow this gender gap.

Researchers said girls would have more opportunities to get an education which has also been shown to reduce the risk of HIV and teen pregnancy.

Keeping kids away from guns

The country's leading pediatricians are reminding parents to ask about guns before sending a child to play at a friend's house this summer.

That's because nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked weapon. Guns are now the second leading cause of death among kids and teens and there are thousands of unintentional gun injuries every year.

Experts said if you have any doubts about the safety of another home invite the kids to your house instead.

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