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Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)
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- Hepatitis A activity decreased from last month and was below the previous 5-year average.
- 16 cases were reported in August.
- Incidence highest among 30-39 years old.
- 56% of cases were not up-to-date on hepatitis A vaccinations and 25% of cases had unknown vaccination status.
- Meningococcal disease activity decreased from last month and was above the previous 5-year average.
- 2 cases were reported in August.
- 0% of cases linked to other cases.
- 50% of cases not vaccinated for meningococcal disease or had unknown vaccination status.
- Varicella activity decreased from last month and was below the previous 5-year average.
- 33 cases were reported in August.
- Incidence was highest among children 1–5 years old.
- 73% of cases were not up-to-date on varicella vaccinations or had unknown vaccination status.
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 4–18 years with new REs are increasing each month. Statewide, the estimated prevalence of REs among children age 4–18 years old is 4.7% with individual counties ranging from 0.8– 10.4%. In August 2021, the statewide prevalence was 4.0%, 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 August 31, 2022.
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