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Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)

Contact: Florida Health


Hepatitis A

A graph showing hepatitis A activity has been increasing each month from November 2018 – October 2019. In October 272 cases were reported.
  • Hepatitis A activity was similar to last month and has remained above the previous 5-year average since April 2018.
  • 272 cases were reported in October.

Pertussis

A graph showing pertussis activity has fluctuated each month from August 2018 – September 2019. In September 23 cases were reported.
  • Pertussis activity increased slightly from last month and was similar to the previous 5-year average.
  • 25 cases and no outbreaks were reported.
  • Incidence remained highest among infants <1 year old.

Measles

A graph showing measles activity has fluctuated each month from November 2018 – October 2019. In October 1 case was reported.
  • One measles case was reported in October.
  • 3 total cases, 2 of which have been linked to international travel, have been reported in 2019.
  • 100% of cases had no known vaccination against measles.

Varicella

A graph showing varicella activity has fluctuated each month from August 2018 – September 2019. In September 82 cases were reported.
  • Varicella activity increased slightly from last month and was above the previous 5-year average.
  • 86 cases and no outbreaks were reported.
  • Incidence was highest among children 1-5 years old.

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 October 30, 2019. Counties with a proportion of 0.4%–1.3% are: Hardee, Glades, Liberty, Hendry, Gadsden, Dixie, Bradford, Lafayette, Jackson, Hamilton, Gilchrist, Washington, Taylor, Calhoun, Levy, DeSoto, Union. Counties with a proportion of 1.4%–2.6% are: Madison, Putnam, Okeechobee, Holmes, Baker, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf, Sumter, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Leon, Suwannee, Polk, Highlands, Hillsborough. Counties with a proportion of 2.7%–3.7% are: Lake, Bay, Clay, Orange, Duval, Citrus, Manatee, Charlotte, Pasco, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Marion, Indian River, Escambia, Broward, Osceola, Volusia. Counties with a proportion of 3.8%–7.0% are: Santa Rosa, Alachua, Hernando, Lee, Seminole, Brevard, Collier, Pinellas, Columbia, Okaloosa, Martin, St. Johns, Walton, Monroe, Flagler, Sarasota.

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 to 18 years with new REs is increasing each month. Statewide, the estimated prevalence of REs among children age 4 to 18 years old is 3.3% with individual counties ranging from 0.4% to 7.1%. In October 2018, the statewide prevalence was 2.9%, 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 October 31, 2019.

 

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