Pertussis outbreak in Florida highlights outbreak risk in vaccine-averse communities

  • July 31, 2014

An outbreak of pertussis in a school and religious community in Florida demonstrates the challenges of protecting vaccine-averse communities against vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, according to a recent MMWR report.

In August 2013, Bordetella pertussis was identified in an unimmunized child attending a charter school in a religious community in Columbia County, Florida. The community was averse to health care and vaccinations, according to researchers. Kindergarten immunization records showed only 15% of 34 students received the primary vaccine series and only 5% of seventh grade students had received Tdap vaccine.

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