Surveillance of Hepatitis A Outbreaks: State-by-State Counts from 2017-2018

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In the midst of newsworthy Hepatitis A outbreaks in Kentucky, San Diego, and Michigan, this map depicts the number of Hepatitis A incidents across the United States from 2017-2018. The number fluctuations in each state over the last year is alarming considering that there are few national regulations being put into place in the realm of food safety. Catherine Huddle from Food Safety News explains that although the CDC recommends that all children should be vaccinated at the ages of 1 and 2, ” the CDC has not recommended Hepatitis A vaccinations for food service workers” (Huddle, 2018). We can only hope that more information and awareness of Hepatitis A outbreaks can help force a decline in it’s prevalence. For more information of state reported Hepatitis A incidents you can visit the Food Safety News web page.

Map of Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks

Image The Council on Foreign Relations offers this Map of Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks. There’s a clicker to walk through the last six years and an opportunity to contribute data. There is a menu choice called “Introduction” which explains the point: This interactive map visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports on these outbreaks since the fall of 2008. This project aims to promote awareness of a global health problem that is easily preventable. Read the full article here. Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Vaccination Rates in Contra Costa County

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Contra Costa County in California unveiled a map this week that labels vaccination rates for every day-care and kindergarten program in the county. Programs with the worst immunization records, that is more than 10 percent of the kids aren’t up to date with their vaccinations, are red. The data comes from the California Department of Public Health.

The Contra Costa map shows five kindergarten programs and 22 day-care centers where more than 10 percent of students are not fully vaccinated because their parents have requested a personal belief exemption

Read the article here and check out the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

The Influence of Anti-Vaccination Movements

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The Council of Foreign Relations Global Health Program produced an interactive map that tracks the number of recorded cases of disease such as measles, mumps and whooping cough since 2008.

Surprisingly there were number vaccine-preventable diseases in developed countries with access to vaccinations. However, the map shows a rise in preventable diseases in the US, Europe and Australasia where access to vaccines is easy to find.

The majority of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks since 2008 took place in less economically developed regions of the world. Measles and cholera epidemics were prevalent in west Africa. Zimbabwe suffered from more than 3,000 cases of typhoid. Measles was the most prevalent of the vaccine-preventable diseases during this four-year period: more than 20,000 cases of measles were reported in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines from 2008 to the present day.

Read the full article here and check out the map.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks Interactive Map

The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations provides a Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks interactive map that displays a visual plot of the global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that can be easily prevented by vaccines.

Since 2008, the project has sought to promote awareness of global health problems that are easily preventable via inexpensive and effective vaccinations.

Check out the Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks interactive map!

Lisa MacCarrigan, Research Assistant, Vertices, gis@vertices.com