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Measles: What You Need To Know
Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease which is normally rare in the U.S. However, earlier this year, four measles cases were reported in San Diego County. Orange County has reported 21 measles cases and several other counties around the state have reported cases as well. And an outbreak has been reported in New York City.

Measles is a very contagious disease. It spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. It is so contagious that any child who is exposed to it and is not immune will probably get the disease.

Measles develops seven to 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms include cough, runny nose and red eyes. The distinctive red rash usually appears one to four days after early symptoms appear. A person is considered contagious four days before the rash appears. The rash begins on the face and head then proceeds downward and outward to the hands and feet. It fades in the same order it began, from head to feet.

Complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5 years old and adults 20 years and older. Complications can include diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia. Death can occur from severe complications and the risk is higher among younger children and adults. There is no treatment for measles. Bed rest, fluids and fever control are recommended. People with complications may need treatment for their specific problem.

These cases show why it is important for everyone to stay up to date on their immunizations. All persons born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or other evidence of immunity to measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of the vaccine: the first at 12 months of age, and the second between ages 4–6 years.

Persons should check with their regular source of health care to make sure they have had immunizations to protect against measles, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Visit the CDC’s Vaccine and Immunizations website for more information about measles, other vaccine-preventable diseases and the immunizations to protect against them.

Pertussis (whooping cough): Get The Facts
Pertussis activity in San Diego County continues at a high level. The total number of reported cases for 2014 as of the end of March was 154. Last year at the same time, 33 cases had been reported.

Whooping cough is a very contagious respiratory tract infection. It usually starts with cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild, occasional cough. Since the early stages of pertussis can appear to be just a cold, it may not be suspected or diagnosed until the more severe symptoms start.

After 1-2 weeks, severe coughing can begin. Fits of rapid coughing may be followed by a high-pitched whooping sound. Other symptoms can include vomiting and exhaustion. However, it’s important to note that not everyone with pertussis coughs or makes the whooping sound.

In infants and children, especially those not fully vaccinated, whooping cough can cause serious and life-threatening complications. Half of infants 1 year of age who get pertussis are hospitalized. Of those babies, complications such as pneumonia, convulsions and apnea (slowed or stopped breathing) can result.

Complications in older children and adults are usually less serious, especially in those who have received pertussis vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the DTaP vaccine be given to children at 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months and 4-6 years. Preteens and adults should get a Tdap booster. Persons should check with their regular source of health care about these and other immunizations.

The CDC’s Vaccine and Immunization website has more information about vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, and the immunizations to protect against them.


REPORT CITES BENEFITS OF FLU VACCINE, YET MORE THAN HALF OF AMERICANS REMAIN UNVACCINATED
The CDC estimates that influenza vaccine prevented 79,000 hospitalizations and 6.6 million illnesses last flu season, but fewer than half of Americans have gotten vaccinated so far this season. See this web page for more information about this report. And get vaccinated!.

It's Not Too Late To Vaccinate Video
It's not too late to get flu vaccine! Learn more in this video.

BE PREPARED. BE PROTECTED. GET FLU VACCINE!
Flu season continues. Get flu vaccine to protect yourself and those around you! Learn more at our influenza page.


Click here for a list of flu vaccine clinics.

Recommended Immunization Schedules Available
These easy-to-read schedules show the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization recommendations for people from birth to adulthood. Click on the links below to view and download the schedules

Schedule for 0-6 years and 7-18 years of age.
Schedule for adults 19 years and older.

More information can also be found on the CDC website here.

Disease Information Resource: County of San Diego Epidemiology Program
The County Epidemiology Program works to identify, investigate, register, and evaluate communicable, reportable, and emerging diseases and conditions to protect the health of the community. For more information about a variety of diseases, such as influenza and Hepatitis A, visit the Program's website here.


Live Well San Diego
Live Well San Diego is a comprehensive and innovative long-term strategy for wellness, approved by the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors in 2010. The strategy will help all County residents to become Healthy, Safe and Thriving, and is being implement with community involvement. To learn more about this important strategy, please visit the Live Well San Diego website. You can also download this flyer for more information.


South Region Public Health Center Offers Online Immunization Appointments
In addition to walk-in immunization services, the South Region Public Health Center also offers appointments for immunizations (including influenza). Click here to check out the new Online Appointment System! Appointments cannot be scheduled by telephone.

Eligibility For Immunizations at County Public Health Centers: Important Information
The following individuals are eligible to receive immunizations at County Public Health Centers:

  • Children and adults who do not have health insurance.
  • Children and adults whose health insurance does not include vaccines.
  • Persons 0-18 years who are Alaskan Native or American Indian.
  • Persons 0-18 years who have Medi-Cal or are Medi-Cal eligible. (Children with Healthy Families are not eligible and should go to their provider for vaccines.)
  • Persons 6 months and older in need of influenza (flu) vaccine regardless of health coverage.

Individuals are not eligible for vaccines if their insurance includes vaccinations, even if there are co-pays or deductibles.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for vaccines at County Public Health Centers, please call your local Center.

Vaccine Information You Need
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has redesigned part of their website to provide a new look for the many great resources they have for the public. Called Vaccine Information You Need, it's a one-stop shop for getting the facts about immunization and how important it is to everyone's health. Click here or on the link above to visit this site. Also, on the site, look for a link for Voices for Vaccine, a group of parents who advocate immunization.

Resources for health care professionals are available by clicking the link at the top of the new section Vaccine Information You Need. And, as always, health care professionals can access those reources through www.immunize.org.

We’re This Close To Ending Polio
Rotary International and a host of individuals and organizations worldwide are running a campaign aimed at promoting awareness of and support for polio eradication in general and Rotary’s End Polio Now program in particular.

The campaign’s theme is We’re This Close To Ending Polio. Print ads and Public Service Announcements show photos of people doing the “This Close” gesture with their thumb and forefinger, and display type providing the context.

See photos, join the campaign and read more at the End Polio Now site.

Seasonal Flu Updates


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CDC's Immunization Website For Parents

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an immunization website for parents. Called For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children, it features information about a host of topics of special interest to parents, including recording immunizations, finding old immunization records, vaccinations during pregnancy, what immunizations a child needs before traveling internationally, and much more! Visit the website here.


Immunization Resource Spotlight:

The History of Vaccines
(click title or button labeled "The History of Vaccines" at lower right to go to website)
This informative and educational website, created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, "explores the role of Immunization in the human experience and examines its continuing contribution to Public Health."

The site features articles about the History of Anti-vaccination Movements, DIfferent Types of Vaccines, Ethical Issues and Vaccines, and much more. One article of note is an excellent overview of vaccine injury compensation programs in the U.S., including an introduction by immunization expert Paul Offit, M.D. 

Also featured are timelines showing the important events in the histories of diseases and vaccines, science and society and vaccine pioneers.

There is a special section just for parents with features like Top 20 Questions about Vaccinations, Misconceptions About Vaccinations and the Development of the Vaccine Schedule. There are also special sections for educators and the media. Anyone interested in vaccines and vaccination will find a wealth of interesting and helpful information.

Resource For Parents!
Immunizations and Developmental Milestones for your Child from Birth Through 6 Years Old is a flyer on which you can keep track of the immunizations your child needs and also developmental milestones you see as he or she grows (such as smiling, talking, walking, etc.). This free tool is produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Download it by clicking here.

Immunization Video PSA (click to play)!

Vaccines.gov: Consumer-Based Immunization Information Website!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosts an innovative website to help parents and other consumers learn about the most effective way to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases and learn about immunization. Vaccines.gov brings together the best in federal resources on vaccine and immunizations to provide consumers with easy-to-understand health information specifically for their needs.


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National Infant Immunization Week/Toddler Immunization Month Coming Soon!

Click here to learn more about these important immunization observances!

Make Sure You Understand the Risks of Not Vaccinating Your Child
This decision involves risks. Learn more by reading this flyer.

AB2109 Personal Belief Exemption Law Information and Resources Available!
A new California law has modified the process for obtaining exemptions to student immunizations based on personal belief. Click here for more...

Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine: What You Should Know
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Vaccines: The Safest Thing in Medicine: Have you ever wondered where vaccines come from?
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Recorded Immunization
Webinar for
Parents Available!
The free webinar, Immunizations: Everything You Wanted to Know but were Afraid to Ask, first webcast on Nov. 21, has been recorded and is available for viewing using this link. The webinar (1 hour, 17 minutes) addresses the questions and concerns about vaccination which parents of young children (birth to age 5) may have. The webinar presenters are: Mark Sawyer, MD, a leading Pediatric Infectious Disease expert; Eric Courchesne, PhD, a leading expert on Autism and Donald Miller, MD, MPH, FAAP, a respected community Pediatrician. View this informative webinar and get reliable and accurate information about vaccination.

Free Text4Baby Program Texts Health Messages To Pregnant Women
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If you missed the free webinar presented by CDPH on "New Rule Shots Before School" you can view the webinar slides here:
AB354-Webinar.pdf


What Better Way To Spend The Day Than Preventing Disease?
Click here for an article and video about vaccine effectiveness and safety.