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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     

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Ebola Virus Disease: Information for San Francisco

San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is carefully monitoring developments with the current outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa. No Ebola cases have been reported in the United States, and Ebola poses little risk to the San Francisco general population at this time.

For comprehensive information about the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, including updated information for health care professionals and the public, please visit the  US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola webpage.

For general information about Ebola Virus Disease, review the SFDPH Ebola Virus Information webpage.

San Francisco medical providers, hospitals, and laboratories, please review the SFDPH Ebola 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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