The Disease Control unit is responsible for the investigation of outbreaks of communicable diseases, surveillance of reportable diseases, and provision of educational materials and services to assist communities in reducing the incidence of communicable diseases. The Disease Control unit provides the following services:
Public Health Nurses (PHNs) investigate reported diseases and, as appropriate, involve epidemiologists, environmental health specialists, the public health laboratory, or the health officer in their investigations. They conduct interviews, provide health education, refer for further care and treatment, and take measures to prevent further spread of the disease.
You can reach a Disease Control PHN by phone at (707) 565-4567 to respond to communicable disease reports, as well as questions or concerns from the community or health care providers. You can also use our online Ask a Disease Control Nurse form to ask questions or request information.
Beginning January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California.
Immunization Laws: Exemptions to Immunization Requirements
Source: California Department of Public Health.
For more information about Disease Control,
Disease Control Unit
DHS - Public Health Division
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 565-4567
Fax: (707) 565-4565
Ask a Disease Control Nurse