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We prevent the spread of disease in San Francisco by investigating cases and outbreaks, promoting vaccination, and planning for infectious disease emergencies.

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Guidance and Update Concerning Measles

California is seeing an increase in measles cases for 2014. Although there have been no cases of measles in San Francisco this year, healthcare providers and the public should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this serious, highly contagious disease.

People who have been vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, who were born before 1957, or who have had measles before, are unlikely to catch measles.  Everyone else is at risk for catching measles if exposed to the virus. Health officials urge the public to check that they have been fully vaccinated against measles, and anyone who shows symptoms of measles should contact their healthcare provider immediately and to wear a face mask if they go into a health care facility.

Click here for more information about measles, including information about symptoms and common questions.

Medical providers, click here for a Health Update concerning measles.

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Pregnant Women Need Pertussis Vaccine!

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a very contagious disease, caused by bacteria. People of all ages can get whooping cough but babies are most in danger of having problems from it.


All pregnant women should get a pertussis vaccine, called Tdap during each pregnancy. Tdap vaccine is safe for you and your baby. Some of the protection you get from Tdap during pregnancy passes to your baby. This will help protect your baby until he or she is old enough to get the first whooping cough vaccine at 2 months of age. If you are pregnant, talk with your medical provider about pertussis vaccine. Learn more about how to prevent pertussis.

 
 
 

Meningococcal Disease in Men Who Have Sex with Men in Los Angeles County

On April 2nd Los Angeles (LA) County health authorities reported 8 confirmed cases in 2014 of invasive meningococcal disease. Four of these cases were in men who have sex with men (MSM), and LA County Health Department has recommended meningococcal vaccination for all local MSM.  

 

In San Francisco, there is no outbreak of meningococcal disease in any group. However, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) officials are taking action in order to inform San Francisco gay and bisexual men and male-to-female transgender persons (transfemales) of the need for vaccination if they expect to have close or intimate contact with MSM who reside in or have traveled from the LA area.

Learn more by reading the SFDPH Frequently Asked Questions or by visiting the SFDPH Meningococcal Disease Webpage

Medical providers, click here to review the SFDPH Health Advisory

 

 
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