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Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)

Florida Health

Disease Control

Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance Report December 2022

Hepatitis A

A graph showing hepatitis A activity has fluctuated each month from January 2021 – December 2022. In December, 16 cases were reported.
  • Hepatitis A activity decreased from last month and was below the previous 5-year average.
  • 16 cases were reported in November.

Pertussis

A graph showing pertussis activity has fluctuated each month from January 2021 – December 2022. In December, 8 cases were reported.
  • Pertussis activity increased from last month and was below the previous 5-year average.
  • 8 cases were reported in December.

Meningococcal Disease

A graph showing meningococcal disease activity has fluctuated each month from January 2021 – December 2022. In December, 3 cases were reported.
  • Meningococcal disease activity decreased from last month and was above the previous 5-year average.
  • 3 cases were reported in December.

Varicella

A graph showing varicella activity has fluctuated each month from January 2021 – December 2022. In December, 56 cases were reported.
  • Varicella activity increased from last month and was below the previous 5-year average.
  • 56 cases were reported in December.

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 December 31, 2022.   Counties with a proportion of 0.9%–2.3% are:  Hardee Gadsden Liberty Hendry Jackson Calhoun Taylor Hamilton Bradford Glades DeSoto Dixie Franklin Washington Putnam Baker Madison    Counties with a proportion of 2.4%–4.0% are:   Okeechobee Union Wakulla Levy Lafayette Gilchrist Leon Holmes Miami_Dade Jefferson Nassau Hillsborough Sumter Polk Highlands Gulf Bay   Counties with a proportion of 4.1%–5.4% are:   Orange Clay Suwannee Lake Duval Escambia St_Lucie Indian_River Citrus Alachua Marion Palm_Beach Broward Pasco Manatee Osceola Columbia  Counties with a proportion of 5.5%–10.7% are:  Volusia Seminole Santa_Rosa Lee Brevard Charlotte Hernando Pinellas Collier Martin Monroe Okaloosa St_Johns Flagler Walton 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 4–18 years with new REs are increasing each month. Statewide, the estimated prevalence of REs among children age 4–18 years old is 4.8% with individual counties ranging from 0.9– 10.7%. In December 2021, the statewide prevalence was 4.3%, and the prevalence has gradually increased each month since.

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

The rate of religious exemptions is likely higher than the rate presented in this report. This is due to eligible persons with religious exemptions who have opted out of Florida SHOTS and persons who have had their religious exemptions processed outside of the Florida SHOTS system. The map above includes REs registered in Florida SHOTS through December 31, 2022.

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