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 
provides screening and testing clinics for communicable diseases. The Communicable Disease Section also offers immunizations to eligible children and adults.

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 Communicable Disease Program at the Burlington County Health Department offers the following disease services:

Confidential HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and education services are offered at no cost to county residents. Walk-in Clinics (no appointment necessary) are held at the Raphael Meadow Health Center Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm and Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am. For more information call 609-265-5929.

BCHD offers the Alere Determine. This test is done with a finger stick. Test results take just 30 minutes, so you will receive your results in the same visit.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases 
Confidential sexually transmitted disease screening, testing and education services are offered at no cost to county residents. Walk-in clinics (no appointment necessary) are held at the Raphael Meadow Health Center on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 PM and 
Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30pm. For more information call 609-265-5533. 
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.

Childhood Immunizations
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/Pneumonia Immunizations 
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.