Public health response to outbreaks
Public health has plans to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, whether they are naturally occuring or are man-made. Examples of naturally occurring infectious disease outbreaks that cause public health concern include: pandemic influenza (H1N1 or avian/bird flu), SARS, hepatitis A, and bacterial meningitis. Examples of diseases that could be used as a bioterrorism weapon include: anthrax, smallpox and plague.
If an infectious disease outbreak threatens Waukesha County, the Public Health Division is prepared to respond by setting up mass clinics or a Point of Dispensing (POD) to dispense vaccines or medications. Click here to see 10 quick facts on PODS.
In the event of a public health emergency, Waukesha County Public Health will communicate with residents in a variety of ways. Information will be on television, the radio, newspapers, special hotlines, 2-1-1, and on this website. Included will be information about the disease and its symptoms, who is at risk, where to go for preventative medication or vaccine, and where you should seek medical attention if you become ill.
If further information is desired, please contact the Public Health Division at 262-896-8430, or toll-free at 1-800-540-3620. TTY/TDD 262-896-8234
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.