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Welcome to the
Northeast District Department of Health website!

Here you will find a wealth of information designed to educate and empower the residents of northeastern Connecticut. We are committed to protecting the health of the communities we serve, so you will find us where you need us - in the fields, on site, in the classrooms, and here on the web.

Whether you have questions about health programs, communicable diseases, water quality, food protection, environmental programs, or emergency preparedness, we have answers!

We invite you to become a regular visitor to our website. We also welcome your comments at any time as we strive to improve our programs and services.

The Northeast District Department of Health...


We're a trusted resource and we're here to help!

Click here for address information

 

The Ten Essential Public Health Services

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure a competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

 

Look for our logo in your community!

 

                    

Our award-winning logo was created by Miranda Creative of Norwich, Connecticut in conjunction with NDDH staff. This iconic seal represents a growing, vibrant health district and contains a number of significant, symbolic elements.

  • The triangle above the NDDH is an elementary shape that symbolizes stability and its structure artistically represents the basic component of the body.
  • The triangle is also the Greek letter for delta and is another symbol for strength.
  • The rays around the top half of the logo convey enlightenment, education, a guiding resource, and focus on a continuing better tomorrow.

Our logo incorporates the elements that NDDH represents:

stability, strength, and a guiding resource for information.

Look for us in your community!

 

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How many times did you use your public health system today?

Probably in dozens of ways, but you may not have noticed. Whether we're working quietly behind the scenes or are in the spotlight offering important information, you can count on NDDH to keep our communities healthy. Here are just some of the ways that you benefited from public health today:

  • If you have clean water to drink and toilets to flush
  • If you have a fluoridated water supply
  • If your children received a dental screening or flouride treatment from their school
  • If you read an article about H1N1, anthrax, HIV, asbestos, lead, or rabies
  • If you attended a health fair and learned about preventing disease
  • If you received a flu shot at a flu clinic
  • If you've prepared a ready kit of emergency supplies
  • If you have a plan for a variety of emergencies
  • If you watch a television program about biological or chemical terrorism
  • If you've heard the phrases "Deer Tick," "West Nile Virus," or "Pandemic Flu"
  • If you were ever bitten by an animal
  • If you ever had a bat in your home
  • If you've ever filed a complaint about food, housing, rodents, garbage, sewage or water
  • If you have ever eaten at a restaurant
  • If you've ever attended a country fair or community festival
  • If you shop in a grocery store
  • If your family drinks pasteurized milk and juices
  • If you've increased your intake of lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • If you have taken a Food Awareness and Safety Class
  • If you have ever taken folic acid supplements to prevent birth defects
  • If your children go to daycare or school
  • If you and your children were immunized against a variety of deadly diseases
  • If you use seat belts, child safety seats, and bicycle helmets
  • If you enjoy better indoor air quality because of reduced tobacco use
  • If you exercise
  • If you are building a home
  • If your water supply system has been tested for quality
  • If you have installed a radon detector, carbon monoxide alarm or air filtration system
  • If you swim in a public pool or public lake or pond
  • If you use sunscreen
  • If you know how to avoid contact with mosquitoes
  • If you do daily tick checks
  • If you maintain clean personal hygiene
  • If you've ever stayed at a campground, motel, or hotel
  • If you keep your car tuned, cover chemicals, limit burning, and conserve power
  • If you visit a loved one in a nursing home
  • If you cover your cough
  • IF YOU WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

PUBLIC HEALTH PREVENTS ILLNESS, PROMOTES WELLNESS, AND PROTECTS YOUR HEALTH.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH AND CAREERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AT THE ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE

Watch the "This is Public Health Video"

NDDH
Community Corner

H1N1 ARCHIVED INFORMATION

THE FOLLOWING WAS POSTED DURING THE
2009-2010 H1N1 INFLUENZA RESPONSE:

Novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory illness that has spread around the world.
Check this site and the links below on a regular basis for updates.
NDDH will post local information and ongoing plans for vaccination as they become available.


IMPORTANT UPDATE:
H1N1 vaccine can be administered to anyone who wishes to receive it. Vaccine is no longer restricted to the previously outlined priority groups. Call your provider or health department today to receive an appointment for H1N1 vaccine.

 

Click here for a schedule of FREE H1N1 VACCINATION CLINICS

Click Here for REGIONAL H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

ARCHIVED H1N1 SITUATION UPDATES:

First H1N1-related death in Windham County

H1N1 NDDH UPDATE POSTED 10/29/09
In this update:
Clarification of H1N1 Testing
H1N1 Activity in Local Schools
Plans for School-based Vaccination Clinics
Plans for Community Vaccination Clinics
General Information

H1N1 NDDH UPDATE POSTED 10/22/09

October 20, 2009 Press Release: Increased Absenteeism at Brooklyn Elementary School


People at High Risk for Developing Flu-Related Complications

 

H1N1 FLU INFORMATION AT:

www.cdc.gov/h1n1

www.flu.gov

State of CT Department of Public Health

CT DPH Flu Hotline - 1-800-830-9426
(Monday-Friday, 7am to 7pm)

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Public Health Needs You!

The Northeast District Department of Health is in need of medical and non-medical volunteers to
assist with public health flu.
Bring us your skills and we will provide training and guidance for the roles in which you are needed. For more information about the Northeast Connecticut Medical Reserve Corps, contact NDDH at 860-774-7350.

Learn more about NECT Medical Reserve Corps

 

Protect yourself and others from seasonal flu and H1N1 flu...

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away right away!
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve if you don't have a tissue
  • WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN... especially after you cough or sneeze. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others who are ill
  • Get a vaccine shot when it becomes available*

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SPREAD THE FACTS, NOT THE FLU!
NDDH Influenza Education Campaign

Get Vaccinated Ad

LISTEN TO OUR PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (Audio mp3 files):

H1N1 Clinic Volunteers Needed

H1N1 Spread the Facts

H1N1 Vaccine Facts

H1N1 No Flu For You Facts

H1N1 Flu Costs Facts

H1N1 School Vaccination Clinic Facts

 

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Guidance on Vaccination

More about vaccines

Spread the facts! Getting vaccinated, while recommended, is a personal choice and not a government mandated program.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Get your seasonal flu shot as you normally would through your primary care provider or seasonal flu clinic. (Seasonal flu shots do not protect against the new H1N1 flu.) Please note - many locations are experiencing delays in receiving seasonal flu vaccine. These shortages are expected to be temporary and seasonal flu vaccine shipments may resume.

H1N1 Vaccine
Supplies of H1N1 vaccine are now being received for distribution to the general population. Please check with your primary care physician, pediatrician, and NDDH for availability.

Vaccine Information Statements

“What You Need to Know” PDF
(2009 H1N1 "Flu Shot”)

“What You Need to Know” PDF
(2009 H1N1 LAIV “Nasal Spray Vaccine”)

 

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CALL YOUR DOCTOR FIRST IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS:

Fever (100F or 37.8C)* Sore Throat
Cough * Runny Nose * Body Aches
Lack of Appetite * Nausea
Vomiting * Diarrhea
Your health care provider will determine proper treatment. By calling first, you will also limit the potential of spreading your illness to others.

 

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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

School Resources:
School-based H1N1 vaccination clinics are expected to begin sometime in January, 2010. Participating schools are sending home information packets and forms. You will receive more information as plans are developed. We have posted the forms here for your convenience:

Letter to Parents regarding School-based H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

H1N1 Public Provider Vaccination Administration Record (PPVAR) - This is the consent form that must be completed if you would like your child vaccinated at school. Participating schools will send these forms home to parents. You may download this copy if needed.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Completing the PPVAR Consent Form

Vaccine Information Statement
for Flu Shot (Intramuscular)


Federal Guidance for Schools

Back to School Letter

CDC Brochure: Seasonal and Novel H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Parents

Business Resources:

Business Planning Guidance

Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

Pandemic Planning FAQs for Business

Community Resources:

Community & Faith-Based Planning

Printable Version of Guide - PDF-7.23MB

Download Educational Information:

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Cover Your Cough Poster

Cover Your Cough Poster for Healthcare Settings

Be Prepared for Pandemic Influenza Poster
(CT DPH - 11 x 17)

How to Wash Your Hands (CT DPH)

"Take 3" to Fight the Flu Poster (CDC)

Be A Germ Stopper (CDC)

 

Great Websites for Teachers, Students, Parents & Children:

Scrub Club - www.scrubclub.org - The Scrub Club® program is a fun, interactive and educational Web site that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site consists of a Webisode interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents.

Immune Platoon - Learn how the Immune Platoon defends your body - superhero style! It's a super feature of the Centers for Disease Control's
Body and Mind
website! Questions about fitness, disease, peer pressure? Body and Mind (BAM) will tell you all you need to know about all the stuff that matters!

 

Most reports and documents on the NDDH website are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat for proper viewing. To download a free version of Adobe, click on the icon below:

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