In the White River Junction Local Health Office, we work to determine sources of disease and to control disease outbreaks. We work closely with your health provider, and are informed if someone has a reportable disease. We may do interviews to learn more about the sources of an illness and to help decrease its spread. We can also help to train and be a resource for health care providers on when and how to report diseases of public health importance. Reportable diseases are illnesses that are considered to be of public health importance, and must be reported by health care providers and laboratories to health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To notify the Health Department about a reportable disease, call 802-863-7240 or 800-640-4374 (VT only). Someone is available to receive your report 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We are a resource for the public. We work to promote disease prevention, guiding the public to practice good hand washing, stay home when sick, and cover up coughs and sneezes with an arm. You can get much more information and support from the Local Health Office as well as other partners in the community.
We partner with health care providers, employers and schools to promote flu shots to prevent the spread of influenza.
Mosquito and Tick-borne Disease
We work to prevent tick bites, handing out educational materials and discussing tick bite prevention with medical providers, community health teams, transportation workers, and the public. See more information on Lyme Disease and tick bites.
Reducing Antibiotic Resistance
We work with the Infection Control group including representatives from area hospitals like the Veterans’ Administration, Gifford, and Dartmouth Hitchcock as well as long-term care facilities, medical providers, and pharmacies on antibiotic stewardship so that antibiotics are not overused. This helps prevent antibiotic-resistance, which causes antibiotics to be less effective.
We coordinate with the Health Department Food Inspector to protect health if there is a food safety issue
HIV Testing, Counseling and Referrals
HIV testing is available through your primary care physician or at the HIV/HCV Resource Center in White River Junction call 603-448-8887 or toll-free 800-816-2220. We provide safer sex supplies, such as condoms, free of charge.
Wendy, Public Health Nurse
For 24 hour reporting of reportable disease call 802-863-7240 or 800-640-4374 (VT only).