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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Commissioner Simpson and his family moved to Union County in 2005. The Union County schools and the sense community prompted their move from Charlotte. He and his wife Sandy (an active school volunteer) have been married for 24 years. They have two children aged 18 and 14 attending Union County schools.
Commissioner Simpson grew up in western Idaho. He joined the US Navy in 1988 and received an honorable discharge after serving five years. Lance completed his associate of arts degree before moving to Charlotte in 1996 where he attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, receiving his undergraduate degree in business administration.
He has been employed with his current company since 1993 in various positions with increasing scope of responsibility. His business experience over the last 21 years includes sales, branch management, operations management, financial analysis, process improvement, real estate, logistics and capital planning.
He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, boating, and attending his children's sporting events. He has taught Sunday school and coached youth sports.
Commissioner Simpson felt drawn to serve Union County after much prayer, discussion with family and friends and careful consideration. He believes government should always involve honesty, transparency and open communication.