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Floridians and Visitors Urged to Get Vaccinated Against Measles

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With the increase in measles cases across the US, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is urging Floridians and visitors who have not been immunized to get vaccinated. Although measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States in 2000, the disease has reappeared in recent months in the form of outbreaks in several states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a measles outbreak as three or more cases. As of April 17, 2019, one measles case has been reported to FDOH.

With the increase in measles cases across the US, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is urging Floridians and visitors who have not been immunized to get vaccinated. Although measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States in 2000, the disease has reappeared in recent months in the form of outbreaks in several states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a measles outbreak as three or more cases. As of April 17, 2019, one measles case has been reported to FDOH.

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The AAP has published two new policy statements; “Countering Vaccine Hesitancy” and “Medical Versus Non-Medical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance,” for the September issue of Pediatrics. In light of these statements, we would like remind our partners and colleagues of some of the resources available on the AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites to support clinicians in their vaccination efforts and conversations with parents.

Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents