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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Union County strives to support its residents regardless of age or background with the goal of helping anyone in need to achieve a safe and stable life in our community.
General services include:
We also provide opportunities to donate time and resources to support these services for those who are interested in and able to help.
Whether it is a federal, state or county program, Union County assists qualifying residents with finding resources that will help to maintain financial stability and meet basic needs. Applicants may apply in person Monday – Friday from 8.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. at the Division of Social Services.
Applicants for FNS and Medicaid may apply online at https://epass.nc.gov/
Residents may access specific information about Medicaid and check their own eligibility status at https://www.nctracks.nc.gov/
Residents may find more information about Food and Nutrition Services at: http://www.fns.usda.gov
Union County accepts many types of financial and in-kind donations year-round including sports equipment, games, arts and crafts, accessories, books, outer-wear and clothing.
The County also hosts a variety of events throughout the year where residents can donate items or money to help support specific programs.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Volunteer Coordinator Gloria Haney at 704-296-4312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the year, Union County relies on volunteers to help with social service programs including food distribution, transportation services for medical and foster care needs, filing taxes, animal-care and more. Examples include:
For more information or to sign-up to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Gloria Haney at 704-296-4312 or email@example.com
PO Box 489
Monroe, NC 28111
1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd
Monroe, NC 28110
The Union County Division of Social Services works to enable community members and their families to support themselves and to provide care and protection for all populations, as needed.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.