Special Report: Florida measles threat grows as more young children go unvaccinated

in Florida News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

As measles outbreaks are popping up across the country and the number of unvaccinated children in Florida is climbing, state health officials and parents worry that one of the most infectious diseases that was practically eliminated in the United States two decades ago could have a resurgence.

“I respect the right of parents to choose what they want for their child, but I do not want their choice to affect my kid,” said Susie Gilden, a Davie mother of a second grader and a preschooler. “It is not fair that my children’s health should be endangered.”

In Central Florida, more than 2,400 kindergartners in public and private schools weren’t vaccinated because of a religious or medical exemption during the 2017-2018 school year. That’s about 7.5 percent of the student population.