Hepatitis A: What You Need to Know About Florida’s Recent Outbreak

Recent cases of hepatitis A in South Florida have raised questions about possible exposure to the illness and how to minimize the likelihood of becoming infected. While the hepatitis A virus is highly contagious, and can live outside the body for months, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk—even after you have been exposed. What Is Hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that infects the… Read More

The Importance of Vaccines for Children in Daycare

The close proximity of children in daycare makes it a common setting for the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccinations can be an effective way to prevent diseases like chicken pox, influenza, and pertussis from spreading to children too young to receive vaccines or to family members with compromised immune systems. That’s why almost all states require them for children who attend daycare. Most parents understand… Read More

Florida Department of Health Confirms Rubella Case in Broward County

A new health concern has now been added to the recent measles outbreak. The Florida Department of Health has notified Broward County healthcare providers of one confirmed case of rubella in the county. Sometimes referred to as German measles or three-day measles, rubella is a contagious disease that, although relatively mild in children, can cause serious consequences in adults, including birth defects when acquired… Read More

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Florida Department of Health Requests Testing for Whooping Cough in Broward County

The Florida Department of Health is asking Broward County healthcare providers to be on the lookout for possible cases of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough. Numerous outbreaks have been reported across the U.S., with at least two cases linked to Broward County. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can be fatal in young children, particularly infants. Cold-like symptoms and… Read More

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