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City of Jacksonville encourages measles vaccination to prevent transmission in Northeast Florida during spring break


Jacksonville, Florida – The City of Jacksonville has issued a statement addressing the ongoing measles outbreak in Florida, highlighting preventative measures as spring breakers and international visitors descend upon Northeast Florida. Despite the rising cases nationwide, Jacksonville remains vigilant, having reported no local incidents thus far in 2024.

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Proactive Measures for Prevention

With 41 measles cases identified across the United States this year, and nearly a quarter of them in Florida, the concern for public health safety in Jacksonville grows, especially with the influx of tourists expected during spring break and upcoming large-scale events. Recognizing the potential for the spread of measles, city health officials are urging residents and visitors alike to ensure they are fully vaccinated against the virus.

The measles vaccine, which boasts a 97% effectiveness rate after two doses, is a critical tool in preventing the transmission of this highly contagious disease. Dr. Sunil Joshi, Jacksonville’s chief health officer, emphasizes the importance of vaccination: “If you or a loved one has not been immunized against the measles, please talk to your healthcare provider about getting protected. Now is the time.”

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For those seeking further information on measles—including how to recognize its symptoms and learn more about vaccination options—the City of Jacksonville recommends visiting the CDC website. This proactive public health campaign aims to safeguard both the local population and visitors from the risks associated with measles, ensuring a healthy and enjoyable spring break for all.

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