Communicable Disease Control
Do you think you might have the flu?
Flu on Call™, a toll-free helpline providing information and medical advice related to flu, is now available in Milwaukee County. Those in Milwaukee County who are experiencing flu symptoms, caring for someone who is ill, or who have questions related to flu vaccine or flu-related concerns are encouraged to dial the Flu on Call™ hotline at 1-855-435-8722.
The hotline will be staffed Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during January & February 2016. Callers to the hotline will receive support from CDC trained information specialists and medical experts.
Flu on Call™ is a CDC-led initiative to establish a national network of telephone triage lines to be used during a severe influenza pandemic. To ensure that this system is ready to use during a future emergency, Flu on Call™ is being tested as part of the seasonal flu response in Milwaukee County.
The goals of Flu on Call™ include:
Provide callers with accurate information about influenza (flu); and
Ensure that people who may be ill with flu-like symptoms (especially those who are at higher risk for complications from influenza) are seen at the most appropriate site of care.
For more information about this demonstration project visit www.milwaukee.gov/fluoncall.http://city.milwaukee.gov/health/fluoncall#
Wisconsin State Law requires the reporting of communicable diseases to the local Health Department. Communicable disease can be reported by individuals, laboratories, and health care professionals. The law requires that public health nurses provide surveillance and investigation to prevent and control the spread of disease. Some reportable diseases include: hepatitis, food and waterborne outbreaks, meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), Lyme disease, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections.