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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Nutrition services are provided to Union County senior citizens through three programs. Client income is not a consideration for an individual to qualify for these programs, however, donations are encouraged.
The Home Delivered Meals Program provides nutritious meals Monday through Friday for homebound senior citizens that meet the criteria for the program. To receive this service, prospective clients must allow staff to conduct a home-visit every 6 months. Clients may be placed on a waiting list if an existing route or volunteer is not available at the time the application is submitted.
This program provides supplemental meals (Ensure Plus) 24 days per month for critically ill senior citizens who are 60 years of age or older. Physician authorization is required to participate in this service. Based upon demand, clients may be placed on a waiting list until space becomes available. Priority for service will be based upon the severity of the illnesses being considered.
The group dining program is available for any senior citizen 60 years or older. Lunchtime meals are provided Monday through Friday at the following sites and meal times vary by site. Meal reservations are requested one day in advance of attendance. Program activities are provided daily. For reservations, call 704-283-3712. View the map on the right for Senior Dining Locations.
Indian Trail United Methodist Church
113 Indian Trail Road
Indian Trail, NC 28079
313 Church Street
Marshville, NC 28103
Mineral Springs United Methodist Church
5915 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road
Mineral Springs, NC 28108
Bragg Street Community Center
624 N. Bragg Street
Monroe, NC 28112
610 Patton Ave.
Monroe, NC 28110
Phone: 704-292-2567 or 704-283-3712
TDD/TYY Phone: 800-735-2962
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The elderly nutrition services are an extension of the adult services program. Many times, when faced with financial difficulty, mobility constraints or transportation challenges, senior citizens struggle with affording, purchasing or preparing nutritious food. Knowing how frequently this can occur, Union County focuses on providing nutritional support both for senior citizens who are home-bound and those that would benefit from a social dining experience.