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Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)

Florida Health

Disease Control

Hepatitis A

A graph showing hepatitis A activity has fluctuated each month from April 2019 – March 2020. In March 118 cases were reported.
  • Hepatitis A activity decreased from last monthand has remained above the previous 5-year average since April 2018.
  • 118 cases were reported in March.
  • Incidence remained highest among adults 30-39 years old.
  • Any drug use was the most commonly reported risk factor.
  • Since January 2018, 96% of cases were not up to date on hepatitis A vaccinations.

Pertussis

A graph showing pertussis activity has fluctuated each month from April 2019 – March 2020. In March 46 cases were reported.
  • Pertussis activity decreased from last month and was above the previous 5-year average.
  • 46 cases and no outbreaks were reported.
  • Incidence remained highest among infants <1 year old.
  • 66% of cases were not up to date on pertussis vaccinations or had unknown vaccination status.

Varicella

A graph showing varicella activity has fluctuated each month from April 2019 – March 2020. In March 32 cases were reported.
  • Varicella activity decreased from last month and was below the previous 5- year average.
  • 32 cases and no outbreaks were reported.
  • Incidence remained highest among infants <1 year old.
  • 64% of cases were not up to date on varicella vaccinations or had unknown vaccination status.

For all vaccine-preventable diseases, timely and complete vaccination is the best way to prevent infection. Although vaccinated individuals can still become infected with diseases like pertussis or varicella, in general, those who have received at least 1 dose of vaccine have less severe outcomes than those who have never been vaccinated for the disease.

A map showing the proportion of children ages 4–18 years with religious exemptions by county as of March 31, 2020. Counties with a proportion of 0.4%–1.3% are: Bradford, Calhoun, DeSoto, Dixie, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Jackson, Lafayette, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Washington. Counties with a proportion of 1.4%–2.7% are: Baker, Franklin, Gulf, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jefferson, Leon, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Okeechobee, Polk, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, Wakulla. Counties with a proportion of 2.8%–3.7% are: Alachua, Bay, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Duval, Escambia, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, St. Lucie. Counties with a proportion of 3.8%–7.2% are: Brevard, Collier, Columbia, Flagler, Hernando, Lee, Martin, Monroe, Okaloosa, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Volusia, Walton.

Unvaccinated children are at increased risk of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, pertussis, and varicella. Communities with a higher proportion of religious exemptions (REs) to vaccination are at increased risk of vaccine-preventable disease transmission.

The proportion of children age 4–18 years with new REs is increasing each month.Statewide, the estimated prevalence of REs among children age 4–18 years old is 3.4% with individual counties ranging from 0.4–7.2%.In March 2019, the statewide prevalence was 3.0%, and the prevalence has gradually increased each month since.

To learn more about REs at the local level, please visit www.flhealth.gov/REmap.

All REs are required to be entered into Florida SHOTS (State Health Online Tracking System), Florida’s statewide immunization registry. The map above includes REs registered in Florida SHOTS through March 31, 2020.

 

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