Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)
Contact: Florida Health
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
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.
*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Acrobat Reader may be required to view these files.