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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Foster Parent Mandatory Trainings
Adoption and Foster Care Services Adoption Services Union County DSS participates in several ways in the building of families through adoption. We recruit, study and select homes for children who are cleared for adoption who have been in the foster care system somewhere in the state of North Carolina. The majority of the children available are minority children, have special mental or emotional needs, are older children or may be in sibling groups. The agency is always looking for good stable families who will make room in their hearts and homes for these special children.
When children have been released for adoption or their parent’s rights have been terminated, they are prepared for placement in a permanent home. These children need help to be able to emotionally integrate themselves into a new family so that they can have the best chance to live a safe, happy and stable life.
Assessments and reports are prepared and submitted to the Court for Stepparent/Relative or Independent Adoptions. There is a fee charged for this service which is on a sliding scale and based on family income. These reports are required by the Clerk of Court’s office before an adoption can be finalized.
Please consider opening your home and your hearts to a child in foster care or a child who needs an adoptive home.