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Disease Prevention & Control 

Main Phone number: (907) 343-4799
Fax number: (907) 343-7992

Located on the 1st Floor at 825 L Street (9th & L St). Office hours vary per program; offices closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm

Disease Prevention & Control (DPC) covers the following:
  • Immunization Clinic (includes TB skin tests)  
  • Tuberculosis Control - Clinics and Disease Case Management
  • Communicable Disease Reporting

Immunization Clinic

Immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases are an important component of public health. We carry ALL childhood vaccines but have limited adult vaccines.

Clinic Hours:
  • Monday & Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Closed everyday for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm

Please register 1/2 hour before closure to ensure service.

Bring your child's immunization record for each visit. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child.

Charges:
  • Adults: Charges for vaccines given to adults vary.
  • Children: There may be a charge related to the administration of a vaccine. If your child is covered by Medicaid/Denali KidCare or insurance, please bring information/card with you.
  • For Medicare with 3rd party insurance, bring both cards.
  • Clinic is based on sliding-scale fees. If you do not have insurance and are unable to pay your entire balance due to extenuating circumstances, an Office Associate will work with you to make a down payment and establish a monthly payment plan.
  • Services are not denied to clients because of an inability to pay.

TB skin tests are placed only on Monday, Tuesday afternoon and Friday. The person needs to return three days later for the reading. (Clinic hours above)

CDC 2014 Recommended Immunization Schedules:

2014 Recommended Immunizations - 0-18 years

2014 Recommended Immunizations - Adults

Tuberculosis Control Program

Main Phone number: (907) 343-4799
Clinic Hours:
  • Monday & Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm / 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Closed everyday for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attach the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain.

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB related conditions exist: latent TB infection and TB disease. Both can be treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms of TB disease include:

  • a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • pain in the chest
  • coughing up blood or sputum
  • weakness or fatigue
  • weight loss
  • no appetite
  • chills
  • fever
  • sweating at night
Charges (as of April 1, 2013):
  • TB skin test:  $34
  • Office visit for TB clearance:  ranges from $30-$119
  • Chest X-Ray:  $40 (this is done through a contract clinic who only accepts cash, check or credit card)
  • Please bring proof of any coverage by:
    1. Medicaid or Denali KidCare
    2. Medicare
    3. Other types of insurance
    4. 3rd Party Payer (employer's letter of payment)
  • Office visits are based on sliding scale fees. If you do not have insurance and are unable to pay your entire balance at the end of your clinic visit due to extenuating circumstances, an Office Associate will work with you to make a down payment and establish a monthly payment plan.
  • Services are not denied to clients because of an inability to pay.

How to get a Tuberculosis Clearance Card

Persons with a prior negative skin test or have never had a skin test, must receive a skin test. Please obtain the test during our Immunization Clinic hours.

Persons with a prior positive skin test should arrange for a TB assessment appointment. Please bring any documents showing test results, chest x-ray (if done already) and any medical provider notes or card related to prior assessments.

The TB clearance card is valid for one year.

TB Clearance related to Immigration, Refugee, or Asylum Status

Services include a review of medical history, chest x-ray, TB skin test, and necessary laboratory work. Please bring any documents and x-rays related to these items you may already have.

We cooperate with the State Refugee Coordinator and Catholic Social Services' Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) program in helping immigrants and refugees obtain needed TB clearance. More information about Catholic Social Services' RAIS program can be found here.

For PROVIDERS referring clients for TB evaluation and/or treatment

Main Phone number: (907) 343-4799

Call and ask to speak to or leave a message with a TB Nurse. The DHHS should be called regarding any patients needing immediate referral to us for suspected or lab confirmed TB disease so we can start working with you and the patient immediately.

Additionally, notify the State of Alaska, Section of Epidemiology at (907) 269-8000 (Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm) with the required information to comply with state regulations on reporting communicable diseases.

We will need the following information:

  • Patient's name, date of birth, and demographics to include good phone number (if a child, please include parent(s) first and last name).
  • TST and/or IGRA results with dates.
  • Chest x-ray result as well as the actual film or CD.
  • Laboratory tests such as LFTs, HIV, Hepatitis panel, sputum collection dates and results; culture and smears results for any other body fluids or tissues done for TB bacteria.
  • Medical notes related to TB assessment and diagnosis or referral.
  • Prescription for drug treatment if diagnosis of Latent TB infection is already made and you are not requesting us to provide the medication(s). PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THE SCRIPT TO THE CLIENT. If you do prefer the client hand carry the script to us, we recommend writing on it - "To be filled only at the MOA Health Dept."
  • Prescriptions for drug treatment if diagnosis of TB disease (or suspected disease) is already made.
  • Orders for any other treatments such as repeating LFTs, sputum or other body fluid collections. If not, we will follow our usual protocols for these items.

Items above can be faxed to us at (907) 343-7992; ATTN: TB RN

Communicable Disease Reporting and Screening

Main Phone number: (907) 343-4799

The (DPC) Public Health Nurses provide timely and appropriate response to real and potential communicable disease outbreaks such as foodborne illnesses and measles. This includes the collection of specimens and interviewing persons who have been exposed or who may already be infected.

The DPC staff works closely as a team with the State of Alaska Public Health Section of Epidemiology and the Municipality's Food Safety and Sanitation section on foodborne and disease outbreaks. More information about reporting diseases is available on the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology website. http://www.epi.hss.state.ak.us/default.jsp

HIV testing is offered through the Reproductive Health Clinic (RHC).

Charges:

There is no cost for disease investigations. However, routine screening for infectious diseases using blood tests  (i.e. Measles titer for employment) will be chargeable.

    • Direct Services
    • Division Manager: Tari O'Connor
    • 825 L Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-6718