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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Vice Chairman Helms was elected to the Union County Board of Commissioners in November 2012. He was elected chairman in 2014.
With the exception of his time in the Air Force and his time moving with IBM management assignments, Vice Chairman Helms has been a resident of this area his entire life.
Vice Chairman Helms spent 30 years with the IBM Corporation. At IBM he served in various management positions and spent the last 10 years as a customer service executive responsible for computer support across the US for several of the largest banks in the country. He retired from IBM in 2000 and formed Consulting IT Professionals, a management consulting company that taught management principles and performed audits on financial facilities across the county.
Vice Chairman Helms has been married to his wife, Ann, for 30 years. They have five children, four of whom graduated from Union County Schools. The family has fond memories of working with Sun Valley and Weddington High School band associations. For the past several years, Vice Chairman Helms has served on the CMC Trustee Council and had the privilege of participating in the formation and signing of the new CMC hospital contract.
Vice Chairman Helms is focused on the conservative principles of limited government, public safety and low taxes. This has to be accomplished by being good stewards of our tax dollars. He looks forward to serving the citizens of Union County and welcome their input on all areas of our county government.