Monthly Archives: February 2015

Latest Measles information from the FDOH-Polk

 Just released from Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director, Florida Department of Health in Polk County


Here is the most current information to share:

  • There are no confirmed cases of measles in Florida residents at this time.
  • The most effective form of protection from measles is through vaccination.
  • The Department of Health encourages families to help protect their children by making sure they have their children immunized against measles with the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
  • Individuals who are seeking vaccination should first ask their primary care provider, as many insurance companies will cover the cost of the vaccine for adults and children.
  • The health department offers
    • FREE childhood immunizations through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
    • MMR is available for adults born after 1957 and cost $73 dollars per dose (2 doses needed).
    • Insurance is accepted for vaccinations. If patients do not have insurance they will be sent a bill for the cost.
  • Children should receive two doses, with the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second at four to six years of age.
  • Measles vaccines are offered at our Haines City, Lakeland, Lake Wales, and Auburndale Clinics. Vaccines are also available at our Bartow Specialty Care Clinic.


Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious. It can be transmitted from four days before the rash becomes visible to four days after the rash appears. The symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles, and include the following.

  • Blotchy rash
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)

Anyone who has these symptoms should contact his or her healthcare provider.


Measles Control Made Easy: Stronger Laws Equal Less Disease

This is a great article!


This post originally appeared on The Network for Public Health Law on February 4, 2015. 

Virtually no other set of public health laws have had as direct an effect on health as immunization laws. Sbaby-with-rashtrong laws lead to high immunization rates, which in turn lead to lower incidences of disease. Some diseases have been nearly eradicated such as polio, rubella, and until recently, measles. However, keeping immunization rates high takes constant vigilance. Unfortunately over the past two decades there has been a weakening of immunization laws in many states. When immunization laws are weak, it puts the public’s health at risk.  For instance, while all states allow medical exemptions to vaccines, and many allow religious exemptions, there are 20 states that also allow non-medical exemptions, meaning that parents may opt-out of vaccines for any reason and their children may still attend public schools. For years, the public health community has…

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