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Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)

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Measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, varicella, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, meningococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) are all preventable by vaccine.  These common childhood and adult diseases are highly contagious and are particularly dangerous to very young children who have relatively low resistance to infection and more prone to develop serious complications such as deafness, retardation, brain and spinal cord damage and, occasionally, death.

Florida has a very strong and successful immunization program.  Without assurance of high immunization levels, visitors and Floridians would not be able to enjoy the high quality of life the state offers.  Currently, the maintenance of high immunization levels contributes positively to the state’s economy by lower disease incidence, lower healthcare costs and ensuring travelers may confidently visit Florida without contracting a vaccine-preventable disease.

The program ensures a cause and effect response by monitoring immunization levels in vulnerable populations throughout the state, thereby contributing to strategies to attain and sustain high immunization levels.  This has the effect of increasing herd immunity and lowering vaccine-preventable disease rates.

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Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Report

June 2018


  • Pertussis activity increased slightly from last month. Overall, the total number of cases remained below the previous five-year average.
  • There were 36 cases and two outbreaks reported in June.
  • Incidence remained highest among infants less than one year old; infants less than two months old are too young to receive vaccinations against pertussis, which is why vaccination of other age groups is so important to help prevent infection in this highly vulnerable group.


  • Varicella activity increased from last month and remained above the previous five year average for the fourth month in a row.
  • There were 88 total cases and three outbreaks reported in June.
  • Incidence was highest among children aged one to five years old in June.
  • This month, more than three in four cases were not up to date on their varicella vaccinations or had unknown vaccination status, which is more than the previous month.


  • Mumps activity slightly decreased from last month but remained above the previous five-year average for the ninth month in a row.
  • There were five cases and no outbreaks reported in June.
  • Incidence was highest among children age six to 11 years old.
  • This month, one in five cases were not up-to-date on their mumps vaccinations, a decrease from last month.

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