Communicable Disease Program
Communicable Diseases can be transmitted from person to person or from animal to
person. The Burlington County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Section
In order to identify and contain outbreaks of communicable diseases such as hepatitis, foodborne illness, and lyme disease, the Burlington County Health Department, in compliance with state and federal regulations, maintains surveillance, investigates, and reports certain communicable diseases. Control and prevention measures are implemented as needed. Call 609-265-5533 for more information.
The Burlington County Health Department offers a walk-in clinic to all Burlington County residents. Free and confidential testing for STDs, HIV, and pregnancy is available.
The Burlington County Health Department protects the residents of Burlington County by providing case management services, free of charge, to any individual diagnosed with active or suspected tuberculosis. Cases or suspected cases of tuberculosis are followed throughout their course of therapy to assure successful completion of treatment. Medications are provided free of charge. Contact investigations are conducted to identify individuals who are at risk for developing this disease. They are provided with free medical follow-up, testing and medication. Call 609-265-5533 for more information.
Free clinics for school-aged children who live in Burlington County are held at the Raphael Meadow Health Center in Westampton. Children must be uninsured or be covered by New Jersey Family Care Part A, and families must meet income requirements. Eligibility requirements are waived if the child is American Indian, Alaskan Native or a recipient of Medicaid.Clinics are by appointment only, and a referral form sent by the school nurse is required for mandatory vaccines. Optional vaccines include Hepatitis A and HPV. Hepatitis B clinics, for children needing only Hepatitis B shots, are also offered during selected months by appointment only Please call 609-265-5533 for more information.
Influenza and pneumonia immunizations are provided for persons designated as “high risk” by the U.S. Public Health Service. See the Adult Health Section of this directory for more information.
International Immunization Certificate Information
Travelers are advised to call the Communicable Disease Section for information on
immunization requirements and updated health regulations for international travel. Call 609-265-5533.
Adult Immunization Program
The Burlington County Health Department provides, at no charge, selected vaccination for adults 19 and older who live in Burlington County. To be eligible, an adult must be uninsured or underinsured, with coverage that does not include requested vaccines or caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Please note: If a vaccine is even slightly covered by an individual's private insurance, it is unavailable through the Adult Immunization Program. Vaccines include: Shingles, Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis), Pneumococcal, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Meningococcal. Please call 609-265-5533 to check eligibility and make an appointment.
Rabies Control Program
Municipal officials, veterinarians and Burlington County Health Department personnel
work together to safeguard against the spread of Rabies. Safeguards include public
education and surveillance measures. The Rabies Control Program is part of the
Communicable Disease Control Office. For more information call 609-265-5575.
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes get the virus from infected
birds and transmit it to humans; birds are not known to transmit the disease to humans. Only a small number of infected people experience symptoms. Individuals over 50 and individuals with certain underlying medical conditions are at greater risk.
West Nile Virus is not spread by person-to-person contact and being bitten by a mosquito does not mean you will get the virus. Even in areas where mosquitoes have been found to carry the virus, less than 1% of them are infected. If a mosquito is infected, less than 1% of people who are bitten by that mosquito will become severely ill.
Reduce your risk of contracting West Nile Virus
- Mosquitoes need water to breed and grow. It doesn't take much water. It doesn't take much time. Eliminate mosquito-breeding areas around your home by clearing clogged gutters, draining flower pots, emptying kiddie pools, etc.
- Make sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.
- When possible, limit outdoor activities at dusk, dawn, and during the evening. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts when outdoors, especially during these times.
- Use mosquito repellent, in accordance with labeling directions, when outdoors. Apply to both clothing and exposed skin areas. Repellents containing more than
30-35% DEET(N-N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) should not be used. Repellents
containing more than 10% DEET should not be used on children. It is
recommended that repellants with DEET not be used on infants, after returning
indoors, be sure to wash treated skin areas with soap and water; wash treated
For more information call 609-265-5533.
The Single Most Effective Way to Control Mosquitoes around the Home is to Remove Standing Water.