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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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Pregnant Women Need Pertussis Vaccine!

A pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic was declared in California in June 2014. As of June 24th, 4,558 cases have been reported across California. San Francisco is also experiencing an increase in pertussis cases. Pertussis is a very contagious disease, caused by bacteria. People of all ages can get pertussis, 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 pertussis 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.

Medical providers: read the new Pertussis Health Update    New!

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

In 2014, 10 cases of meningococcal disease have been reported in Los Angeles County. 3 people have died. There have been no reported cases in San Francisco. This disease is rare, but very serious.

San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) recommends that any San Francisco gay and bisexual men, male-to-female transgender persons (transfemales), and others who expect to have close or intimate contact with any men who have sex with men residing in or traveling from the Los Angeles area ask their doctor about meningococcal vaccine.

For more information including where to get meningococcal vaccine, and frequently asked questions, visit the SFDPH Meningococcal Disease Webpage.

Medical providers, review the SFDPH Health Advisory

 
 
 

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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