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 veterans and their families with the following assistance:
Federal VA benefits include, but are not limited to:
State benefits include, but are not limited to:
How do I get in touch with a Veterans Affairs (VA) representative, VA hospital or clinic?
How can I obtain a copy of my DD 214?
There are two ways: You must have access to a printer and a fax machine to send in signature verification. The process to obtain a DD 214 through this website may take up to five (5) weeks.
Once you obtain your DD 214, our office will hold on to a copy of it for you upon request so that you may access it easily in the future.
Am I able to receive healthcare at a VA clinic or hospital? How can I enroll to receive care?
You can apply for enrollment at www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/. The process will take about five weeks and after accepted, you can schedule an appointment usually four to six weeks out.
To ensure that those with less healthcare options receive the care that they need, income does play a part in determining who has access to clinic and hospital services. To learn more about financial qualifications, visit: www.va.gov/healthbenefits/cost/financial_assessment.asp.
How do I get a Veterans Identification Card?
You can obtain a Veterans Identification Card at the VA Hospital in Charlotte or Salisbury; however, there are specific criteria that need to be met. To learn more about the criteria needed to obtain an ID card, visit: www.va.gov/healthbenefits/assets/documents/publications/IB-10-443_Veterans_Identification_Card.pdf.
You may also opt to get a Veteran identifier on your driver’s license. To learn more, visit: apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=9560.
500 N. Main Street
Monroe, NC 28112
407 N. Main Street
Monroe, NC 28112
Main Phone: 704-283-3807
Alternate Phone 1: 704-283-3771
Alternate Phone 2: 704-283-3744
VA Regional Office Phone: 1-800-827-1000
Our purpose is to provide Union County veterans access to federal, state and county benefits based on their service in the United States Armed Forces and auxiliary services. For the most efficient process, contact us first and we’ll help you connect easily with the VA resources you need.