At District Health Department No. 2, preventing and controlling communicable disease is a necessary and important task to protect our communities in Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Oscoda counties. District Health Department No. 2 staff works with physicians, laboratories, schools, and other community partners in reporting of disease, data collection, education, referral for care, and treatment of disease.
Timely and accurate reporting of Communicable Disease information allows the health department staff to:
- Quickly identify single or multiple cases of disease occurring within a similar location.
- Identify person at risk of acquiring or transmitting a disease.
- Identify need and recommend appropriate prevention measures for those affected.
- Provide Education.
Disease Quick Facts and Links
Influenza (Flu) Information:
Influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu”, is caused by a virus and, although causes mild respiratory symptoms in most people, can lead to hospitalization or death. Most cases in Michigan occur in the flu season that runs through the Fall and Winter months. Vaccination can reduce the spread of flu as well as the severity of disease. To make an appointment to receive the yearly flu vaccination, call your local provider or District Health Department No. 2 at 1-800-504-2650. For more information visit https://www.michigan.gov/flu.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It can often be confused with other upper respiratory illnesses or allergy symptoms. Vaccinations for COVID-19 are available and can reduce the risk of death or serious illness. To make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 or the most recent booster, call your local provider or District Health Department No. 2 at 1-800-504-2650. For more information visit www.dhd2.org/covid-19 or www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Information:
Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is another viral illness that affects the respiratory system. It often causes mild symptoms but can be severe, especially for infants, older adults, and the immunocompromised. New for 2023, there are now RSV vaccines for older adults that can protect against severe illness. To make an appointment to be vaccinated, call your local provider or District Health Department No. 2 at 1-800-504-2650. For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/index.html.
Measles is a viral disease that is highly contagious and most often affects young children, but can also affect adults. The best protection against the measles is to be vaccinated. To make an appointment to be vaccinated, call your local provider or District Health Department No. 2 at 1-800-504-2650. For more information visit www.michigan.gov/measlesoutbreak.
Reporting Quick Tips
Who should report?
The Michigan Communicable Disease Rules, promulgated under the authority conferred on the Department of Community Health by section 5111 of Act No. 368 of the Public Acts of 1978, as amended, being 333.5111 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, clearly designates communicable disease reporting responsibilities to the following individuals:
- Infection Control Practitioners
- Physician’s Assistants
- Any health professional
What to report?
To report a communicable disease, please include the following information:
- The name of the person
- Pertinent contact information for the patient, including the address, phone number
- The disease
- The name of the person making the report
- List of Reportable Diseases
Routine communicable disease activities and services are provided during regular health department hours. Staff are available outside of normal business hours for emergency situations. Please call our 800 number, found at the top of this website, for more information.
This page was last updated on October 13th, 2023.