Disease Prevention and Control
Infectious Disease Reporting and Screening
Main Phone number: (907) 343-4799
The (DPC) Public Health Nurses provide timely and appropriate response to infectious disease outbreaks.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://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/Pages/default.aspx
We provide testing and treatment for both latent and active tuberculosis. Our clinic is located on the first floor. Call 343-4799 to make an appointment for your TB clearance card assessment or if you have any questions or concerns. Learn more about TB services here.
HIV testing is offered through the Public Health Clinic.
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.
Immunization Clinic Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Please register 1/2 hour before closure to ensure service.
Phone number: (907) 343-4799Fax number: (907) 249-7992
Located on the 1st Floor at 825 L Street (9th & L St).
Immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases are an important component of public health. We carry ALL childhood vaccines but have limited adult vaccines. Bring your child's immunization record for each visit. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child.
As a parent, you may wish to know more about how vaccines work, vaccine risks/side effects, vaccine ingredients, and vaccine safety before deciding to vaccinate your child.
How Vaccines Prevent Diseases
The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease.
When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and multiply. This invasion is called an infection, and the infection is what causes illness. The immune system then has to fight the infection. Once it fights off the infection, the body is left with a supply of cells that help recognize and fight that disease in the future.
Vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection, but this “imitation” infection does not cause illness. It does, however, because the immune system to develop the same response as it does to a real infection so the body can recognize and fight the vaccine-preventable disease in the future. Sometimes, after getting a vaccine, the imitation infection can cause minor symptoms, such as fever. Such minor symptoms are normal and should be expected as the body builds immunity.
Vaccines and your Child
As a parent, you may get upset or concerned when you watch your baby get 3 or 4 shots during a doctor’s visit. But, all of those shots add up to your baby being protected against 14 infectious diseases. Young babies can get very ill from vaccine-preventable diseases. The vaccination schedule is designed to protect young children before they are likely to be exposed to potentially serious diseases and when they are most vulnerable to serious infections.
Although children continue to get several vaccines up to their second birthday, these vaccines do not overload the immune system. Every day, your healthy baby’s immune system successfully fights off thousands of antigens-the parts of germs that cause the body’s immune system to respond. The antigens in vaccines come from weakened or killed germs so they cannot cause serious illness. Vaccines contain only a tiny amount of the antigens that your baby encounters every day, even if your child receives several vaccines in one day.
Vaccine Side Effects/Risks
Like any medication, vaccines, can cause side effects. The most common side effects are mild. On the other hand, many vaccine-preventable disease symptoms can be serious, or even deadly. Even though many of these diseases are rare in this country, they still occur around the world and can be brought into the U.S., putting unvaccinated children at risk.
The side effects associated with getting vaccines are almost always minor (such as redness and swelling where the shot was given) and go away within a few days. If your child experiences a reaction at the injection site, you can use a cool, wet cloth to reduce redness, soreness, and swelling.
Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare and doctors and clinic staff are trained to deal with them. Pay extra attention to your child for a few days after vaccination. If you see something that concerns you, call your child’s doctor.
- 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.