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Department of Health responds to criticism over response to measles outbreak

The Department of Health criticized media coverage of a recent measles outbreak at a Broward County elementary school but appeared to clarify it’s position on whether parents should keep their unvaccinated children home.

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo has been lambasted by physicians and public health officials for a Feb. 20 letter deferring to parents Manatee Bay Elementary School in Weston on whether to send unvaccinated children to classes.

“Many media outlets are reporting false information and politicizing this outbreak,” said Grant Kemp, spokesman for Ladapo’s Department of Health.