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Communicable and vaccine-preventable Diseases

Schools with confirmed or suspected cases of Communicable and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases should contact the Department of Health for guidance before sending information home to parents.
Disease specific information can be found in the resources below:
CDC Manual for Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable-Diseases 
Voices for Vaccine has teamed up with Families Fighting Flu and Nurses Who Vaccinate to create a free, downloadable toolkit designed for schools to use to help combat influenza.

The Department of Health, under the Disease Control and Prevention Act and accompanying regulations have identified communicable diseases which must be reported to the Department, within a specified timeframe.

The Disease Control and Prevention Act

28 PA Code, Chapter 27 Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases (regulations)

List of reportable diseases (including the timeframe for reporting)     

Guidance for schools on reporting suspected cases/outbreaks of communicable diseases to the Department of Health

Schools are reminded to contact the local Department of Health state health center (SHC)/district office or county/municipal health department before acting in response to a known or suspected communicable disease. Call 1-877-PA Health (1-877-724-3258); a representative is on-call 24 hours a day. Guidance can be provided to schools regarding: disease information; appropriate letters and communications; identification of high risk individuals; appropriate action and treatment; and on-going support and assistance.  


Updated: January, 2018