Communicable diseases (CD) are those conditions that can be spread to others through air, touch, or through contact with contaminated body fluids At Deschutes County Health Services, we work to prevent the spread of these diseases in many ways. The CD team is made up of the following programs:
Diseases that public health departments across Central Oregon keep track of are called "reportable" diseases. All physicians, healthcare providers and laboratory personnel are required by law to submit reportable disease information to their local health department.** There are currently over 50 communicable diseases that are reportable in Oregon. To learn more about these diseases, please visit: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Lists/Diseases%20AZ%20List/list.aspx
**When reports are made, all personal patient information is kept confidential.
Deschutes County Health Services has staff available to answer questions and investigate reportable communicable diseases. To report a disease or animal bite, call or fax your local health department. Give them the person's name, address, phone number, date of birth, diagnosis, and the date that symptoms began.
Reporting Line: (541) 322-7418
Fax: (541) 322-7618
Flu season is upon us. Vaccination is the most effective way to avoid catching the flu virus, and the best way to protect yourself and your community from illness. Here is the very latest flu information for you and your family.
WHO SHOULD RECEIVE FLU VACCINE? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 6 months and older should receive an annual influenza vaccination. Children 6 months through 8 years-old may need two doses depending on previous flu vaccine history, so it is important to talk to your health provider. A seasonal flu vaccination is especially recommended for people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, people living or caring for babies six months and younger, and all health care workers.
WHERE CAN I GET MY VACCINE? Flu vaccine is available through local health care providers as well as most pharmacies (for people 11 years and older). Deschutes County Health Services is also offering flu vaccine for children 6 months to 18 years-old. Call (541) 322-7400 to schedule a flu vaccine appointment for your child.
PREVENT GETTING THE FLU: In addition to vaccination, these preventive measures can help stop flu and other diseases:
Cover your cough and sneeze.
Wash your hands often. Use soap and warm water.
Stay home when you’re sick. Protect others at school and work by staying home at least 24 hours after a fever (100+ degrees) subsides.
Clean surfaces often. Flu germs can live for hours on hard surfaces, especially where children are playing.
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person. Pertussis can occur at any age. Pertussis begins as a mild upper respiratory infection. Initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop. A thick, clear mucous may be discharged. These episodes may recur for one to two months, and are more frequent at night.
Infants are at greatest risk for complications and death from pertussis. The most common way infants contract pertussis is from a caregiver or family member so it is especially important for adults, who are in contact with infants, to receive their Tdap vaccine.
All infants, beginning at 2 months of age should also begin getting their Dtap vaccination series to help protect them against pertussis. Deschutes County Health Services offers both Dtap and Tdap. Call (541) 322-7400 to schedule an appointment.