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Flagler County Residents and Visitors Encouraged to Get Vaccinated Against Measles

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Bunnell, Fla. - With the increase in measles cases across the US, the Florida Department of Health (DOH-Flagler) in Flagler County is encouraging Floridians and visitors who have not been immunized to get vaccinated. Although measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States in 2000, the disease has reappeared in recent months in the form of outbreaks in several states. The Centers for Disease Control and Health Protection defines a measles outbreak as three or more cases. As of April 17, 2019, one measles case has been reported to the Florida Department of Health.

Each year, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool provides snapshots of the health of US counties and emphasizes that health is a combined work in progress that includes local government, state agencies, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and other stakeholders. These rankings use data related to health behaviors (tobacco use, exercise, healthy eating), social and economic factors (income, education, employment), access to clinical care and physical environment, as influences on our health.

This year, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County exceeded its long-term goal of breaking into the top ten healthiest counties in Florida. Health Officer Robert Snyder called the change in ranking, a five-point jump from 14 to 9, a major accomplishment.

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