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 provides scheduled transportation services to assist eligible residents attend medical appointments and receive veterans services. Transportation to work, shopping or other locations is available for a nominal charge.
Other transportation services available to Union County residents include:
Eligibility requirements for these services include but are not limited to:
Reservations: A 48-hour advance reservation is requested however, if there is availability, same-day scheduling can be accommodated. You can make a reservation Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or by leaving a voicemail. Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance. Changes in contact information and mobility status should be reported when making appointments.
Cancellations: Contact Transportation Services by noon the day prior to the reservation to cancel or you will incur a $2 fee.
Pick-up: Passengers should be ready one hour before the scheduled appointment, unless otherwise notified. Vans will wait only three minutes beyond a scheduled pick-up time. Services are offered 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Passengers will adhere to all safety and behavior rules of the transportation system provided to them at time of registration.
The meetings of the Transportation Advisory Board are open to the public and are held at the Transportation offices on the First Thursday of January, April, July and October at 12:00 p.m. In addition, there are annual reports, brochures and a #711 phone number to review for further details.
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For more information on Union County Transportation’s ADA and Title IV polices please refer to service policies.
610 Patton Ave.
Monroe, NC 28110
Transportation Appointment Line: 704-283-3713
Veterans Transportation Services: 704-283-3807
TDD/TTY Phone: 800-735-2962
Transportation services are available to residents of Union County through limited NCDOT funded grant programs or through sponsorship of a local human service agency. Some grant-funded trips require the passenger pay a fare to share in the cost of the service. Cost depends on time of registration and type of trip scheduled. Transportation also provides efficient management, maintenance and repair for the County-owned fleet of approximately 415 vehicles.