Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
NACCHO is strengthening local health departments' capacity to respond to and control infectious diseases. Cases or suspected cases of new and emerging infections are likely to appear in community hospitals, private provider offices, and community health centers, making local health departments frontline responders. Approaches to preventing infectious disease or controlling its spread depend on identifying causes and understanding how they can most effectively be addressed. More »
In the Spotlight
Local health departments can start to prepare for next year's flu season by registering for the Flu Near You online health reporting system. Through Flu Near You, thousands of volunteers answer a brief, weekly digital questionnaire about their health to benefit their community's flu awareness and tracking. NACCHO is working with the Skoll Global Threats Fund in partnership with HealthMap of Boston Children's Hospital to explore how local health departments can work with people in their communities to enroll them in Flu Near You and how to leverage the data as part of ongoing local influenza surveillance efforts. With more people enrolled in Flu Near You, the aggregate data can outline regional flu trends more accurately and complement existing public health surveillance systems.
Want to get involved with Flu Near You? Sign up today at https://flunearyou.org/ and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. If your local health department is interested in or already using Flu Near You data for local influenza surveillance efforts, email email@example.com.More »
Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Updates & Resources
This year, the United States is having more reported cases of measles than usual. Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, although an increase in unvaccinated people and travel to and from countries with measles is leading to a resurgence in cases. Get updates from the CDC about measles. Visit NACCHO's Immunization page for resources to promote immunization, including the MMR vaccine.
National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report
In January, CDC released the National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report to provide an overview of the progress made towards eliminating healthcare-associated infections. The report describes significant reductions at the national level in 2013 for nearly all infections. However, report authors call for more action at all levels of public health and healthcare to improve patient safety and eliminate infections that threaten hospital patients.
In 2014, the United States experienced a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness. Visit CDC's website for answers to frequently asked questions about risk, transmission, and treatment of EV-D68 and other resources related to EV-D68.
NACCHO's Demonstration Sites Featured on CDC Website
CDC's Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support has posted a summary of the Year 1 local health department healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention demonstration site activities on its Public Health Practice Stories from the Field webpage:More »