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Tampa, Fla. – With the increase in measles cases across the US, the FloridaDepartment of Health in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas,Polk, and Sarasota counties are urging Floridians and visitors who have not beenimmunized to get vaccinated.Although measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States in 2000, thedisease has reappeared in recent months in the form of outbreaks in several states. TheCenters for Disease Control and Health Protection defines a measles outbreak as threeor more cases.As of April 17, 2019, one measles case has been reported to the Florida Department ofHealth. No cases have been in the Tampa Bay region.About MeaslesMeasles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease. Although it is usually considered achildhood disease, it can be contracted at any age. Generally, preschool children,adolescents, young adults and inadequately immunized individuals comprise themajority of measles cases in the United States.Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and is highlycontagious. The symptoms of measles generally begin approximately seven to 14 daysafter a person is exposed to someone with measles. Symptoms include fever, runnynose, cough and rash. Anyone who has these symptoms should contact his or herhealthcare provider. There is no specific treatment for measles.Vaccination Urged to Protect Against MeaslesThe best way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccinepreventable diseases is by immunization. In Florida, children should be immunizedagainst measles with the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) andshould receive two doses, with the first at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second atfour to six years of age.Adults should be vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR vaccine, with a second doserecommended for those at higher risk such as international travelers and health careworkers. People with underlying health conditions should discuss with their health careprovider to determine the need for additional booster doses.County health departments offer the MMR vaccine. Contact your county’s health officefor a list of hours, locations, and fees associated with the vaccine.• Citrus (352) 527-0068• Hernando (352) 540-6800• Hillsborough (813) 307-8077• Manatee (941) 748-0747• Pasco (813) 364-5812• Pinellas (727) 824-6900• Polk (863) 519-7910• Sarasota (941) 861-2900For more information on measles, visit floridahealth.gov/measles.About the Florida Department of HealthThe department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, worksto protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integratedstate, county and community efforts.

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