Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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Public Health Preparedness plans and strengthens the public health response to natural and weather related disasters, outbreaks and bio-terrorism events. Public Health Preparedness works closely with local first responders and Emergency Management to ensure a quick response to local, regional and state events. Our program offers preparedness education and training opportunities and provides support to local partners as needed.
Several key areas within Public Health Preparedness are:
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:
Program offers breast health services and education to women in Union County. Breast Health educational material and presentations are available through the ABC Project. Mammogram services, screening and diagnostic, are scheduled on a first come first serve basis to those women who meet the following qualifications:
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Maria Laury, ABC Project Coordinator at 704-296-4821.
Child Care Health Consultants offer expert information, resources and referrals to local child care providers. Through onsite and telephone consultation, health education and technical assistance, CCHCs work with individual child care facilities to help create environments that best support the healthy growth and development of young children. CCHC’s partner with child care providers to:
(Information adapted from NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center website)
For questions, or to request technical assistance, or guidance, contact:
Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC)
Fran Hoover, RN, BSN at 704-282-5058.
Come join others and learn how to better use your parenting skills to create happy healthy homes. Sessions are taught in Spanish on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM at scheduled locations within the community. A registration fee of $5.00 is charged. Upon completion a certificate of attendance is provided. Please call for locations and to register. All who love and care for children are welcome.
Maria Laury 704-296-4821
Gustavo Arevalo 704-226-5124
The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is designed to provide mother to mother breastfeeding support and basic breastfeeding education during normal business hours and beyond to WIC Program mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Union County’s breastfeeding peer counselors are bilingual and have completed the North Carolina Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Core Training.
To apply for WIC, call 704-296-4890
If you are enrolled in WIC and seeking breastfeeding support, call 704-296-4899
Interim Public Health Director
1224 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Monroe, NC 28110