Communicable Disease Spotlight

National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29, 2017

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Each year, during NIIW, the Department encourages public health agencies and healthcare providers to host special events to promote childhood vaccination.

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Each year, during NIIW, the Department encourages public health agencies and healthcare providers to host special events to promote childhood vaccination.

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Zika Information

Zika is a viral infection that is usually spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. In May 2015, Brazil reported the first outbreak of Zika in the Americas. Zika is now present in many tropical areas. It has not yet been spread in the continental United States.

Zika is a viral infection that is usually spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. In May 2015, Brazil reported the first outbreak of Zika in the Americas. Zika is now present in many tropical areas. It has not yet been spread in the continental United States.

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Healthcare Associated Infections

The Communicable Disease Service is part of a three-year nationwide program, sponsored by the CDC, to reduce healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

The Communicable Disease Service is part of a three-year nationwide program, sponsored by the CDC, to reduce healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

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Rabies Testing Assessment to Begin

Beginning April 26, 2017, the Department of Health will temporarily partner with other state public health laboratories to provide rabies testing of animal specimens while its public health lab performs an assessment of its own rabies testing operation. There will be no disruption in rabies testing service of animal specimens to the New Jersey community.

Beginning April 26, 2017, the Department of Health will temporarily partner with other state public health laboratories to provide rabies testing of animal specimens while its public health lab performs an assessment of its own rabies testing operation. There will be no disruption in rabies testing service of animal specimens to the New Jersey community.

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Flu

Limiting the spread of influenza in New Jersey during the annual flu season is a high priority for the Communicable Disease Service. We monitor flu activity throughout the state, maintain information on vaccine availability, and offer prevention guidelines for use in home, workplace, and healthcare settings.

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Disease Reporting

Many healthcare providers and facility administrators are required to report new cases of certain communicable diseases to either local health departments or the New Jersey Department of Health.

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Last Reviewed: 4/21/2017