How we learn about infectious disease
We investigate reports of infectious disease in Caledonia, Southern Essex and Orange Counties. If you are diagnosed with a reportable disease, one of our nurses may contact you to discuss your illness, ask you about how you got sick, and help prevent your friends and family from also getting sick. Learn more about the Health Department's work to prevent, track and treat reportable diseases, to keep our communities healthy.
To notify the Health Department about a reportable disease, call 802-863-7240 or 800-640-4374. Someone is available to receive your report 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. See more information for health care providers.
There are more reports of tickborne disease in Vermont in the past ten years. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tickborne disease. Learn more about tickborne disease in our area, and how you can prevent tick bites with these Be Tick Smart tips.
Prevent HIV, STDs and Viral Hepatitis
We provide free condoms to help reduce the risks of HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis. Stop by our office during business hours to choose your supplies. HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis can be treated and prevented. There are resources available to help. Many are free or covered by insurance and offered in multiple locations across Vermont. Learn More:
VT Cares – Syringe Support Program
1091 Hospital Drive
Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819
Every Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Examples of Our Work
We partner with local schools, businesses and healthcare providers to share best practices and resources to our community. For example, we host a quarterly meeting for area Infection Prevention staff to engage and network with speakers around preventing the spread of multidrug resistant organisms. Quality improvement projects are presented and discussed in an attempt to lower infection rates at local hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Our staff work closely with local partners to develop workshops for nurses as well as a yearly opportunity for our Local Town Health Officers to network and receive education on current issues.