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Epidemiology & Communicable Disease

Epidemiology & Communicable Disease promotes and protects the health of populations using knowledge from the nursing, social and public health sciences. Public Health Nurses partner with communities, organizations and populations to reduce health risks and to promote, maintain and restore health, as well as, to advocate for system-level changes to improve health. They are essential in investigating disease outbreaks, providing case management for tuberculosis patients, and facilitating annual flu clinics. Two full-time registered nurses provide this myriad of preventive and educational services to the community.

Clinics

With the exception of seasonal influenza vaccines, the Division of Public Health no longer offers travel or routine immunizations. Please contact your primary care provider to obtain routine vaccinations. Below are clinics that are managed by community organizations; restrictions apply. Please contact the individual agencies for more information:

Free Clinics

  1. Please visit the Worcester Free Clinic Coalition website.

Travel Clinics

Location Services Information
Harrington Hospital
Preventive Health Department
100 South Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 765-8196
Travel Immunizations by appointment for persons age 2 and above. Immunization fees vary and are payable by cash or money order only; call for pricing and availability.
Reliant Health Care
Worcester Medical Center
Infection Disease Department/Travel Clinic
123 Summer Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 368-3122
Travel immunizations available by appointment for adults and children. Will bill insurance for travel and routine vaccines. Bring insurance card and immunization record.
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Adult Travel Clinic
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 334-5481
Travel immunizations available by appointment; will bill some insurances if immunizations are covered. Routine immunizations need MD order. Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Benedict Building/Pediatric Sub-Specialties
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
(774) 442-5695
Pediatric travel immunizations available by appointment only. Wednesdays only.

Disease Reporting

Infectious diseases constitute a continuing threat to the public's health. They cause illness, suffering and death, and place an enormous financial burden on society. Although some infectious diseases have been controlled by modern technological advances, new diseases are still emerging. The control of infectious diseases in the region is the responsibility of the Office of Epidemiology and Health Protection. This office is responsible for tracking and investigating health problems and hazards in the region; gathering and analyzing data on the community's health to determine risks and problems; identifying and containing epidemics, foodborne illnesses and hazardous conditions; and the implementation of preventive measures to make the community safer.

Public Health nurses regularly collect important information on all reported diseases as part of routine epidemiological disease investigations. Investigation may involve a visit to the patient's home, a telephone call and/or a follow-up letter. The nurses provide case management services to clients with tuberculosis disease. They also provide direct observed therapy (DOT) to clients on tuberculosis medications.

Under M.G.L. Chapter 111, suspected and/or confirmed cases of diseases dangerous to the public's health are reportable to the local Board of Health and/or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Reporting disease occurrences enables the Public Health staff to monitor trends, detect and control outbreaks and evaluate prevention activities.

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