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Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)

Florida Health

Disease Control

Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance Report May 2022

Hepatitis A

A graph showing hepatitis A activity has fluctuated each month from May 2021 – May 2022. In May, 45 cases were reported.
  • Hepatitis A activity decreased from last month and was below the previous 5-year average.
  • 45 cases were reported in March.

Pertussis

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

Meningococcal Disease

A graph showing meningococcal disease activity has fluctuated each month from May 2021 – June 2022. In May, 9 cases were reported.
  • Meningococcal disease activity increased from last month and was above the previous 5-year average.
  • 9 cases were reported in May.

Varicella

A graph showing varicella activity has fluctuated each month from June 2021 – May 2022. In May, 45 cases were reported.
  • Varicella activity decreased from last month and was below the previous 5-year average.
  • 45 cases were reported in May.

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 May 31, 2022.   Counties with a proportion of 0.8%–2.1% are:  Gadsden Hardee Liberty Hendry Hamilton Taylor Calhoun Jackson Dixie Bradford Madison DeSoto Glades Franklin Putnam Washington Okeechobee Counties with a proportion of 2.2%–3.7% are: Baker Levy Wakulla Union Gilchrist Holmes Lafayette Jefferson Leon Miami Dade Nassau Sumter Polk Highlands Hillsborough Gulf Bay Counties with a proportion of 3.8%–5.0% are: Suwannee Clay Lake Orange Duval Citrus Escambia St. Lucie Indian River Marion Alachua Manatee Palm Beach Pasco Broward Osceola Volusia Counties with a proportion of 5.1%–9.7% are: Santa Rosa Seminole Columbia Charlotte Lee Brevard 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 4.4% with individual counties ranging from 0.8– 9.7%. In April 2021, the statewide prevalence was 3.8%, and the prevalence has gradually increased each month since.

To learn more about REs at the local level, please visit FloridaHealth.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 May 31, 2022.

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