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Community Health Promotion


The Section for Communicable Disease Prevention, within the Division of Community Health Promotion, is committed to protecting and promoting the health of the citizens of Clay County. We strive to do this in the following ways: 

  • Receiving and investigating reported cases of communicable diseases in our county as reported from health care providers 
  • Maintaining a surveillance system to identify any unusual diseases or an increase in the number of cases of a particular disease 
  • Assuring that effective control measures and treatment are taken, especially in the event of a widespread outbreak.
We work to maintain partnerships with area physicians, hospitals, laboratories, schools and other health care providers to assist them in providing the most up-to-date information about communicable diseases.

The Section for Communicable Disease Prevention also provides services for those who are suspected of or are diagnosed with a tuberculosis infection or disease. If you have questions or would like to talk to a nurse in the Section for Communicable Disease Prevention, please call 816-595-4256.

Click the links below for more information:

Tuberculosis Services

Sexually Transmitted Disease Services

What is ______________disease? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Why is handwashing important? CDC Ounce of Prevention Campaign  

When should I exclude a student/child from school or childcare?
Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases

Helpful Websites: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services  

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) information

Hepatitis Alliance 

Liver Foundation - Missouri Chapter


CDC Says “Take 3” Actions To Fight The Flu

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):

 1.  Take time to get a flu vaccine.

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See upcoming season’s Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season's vaccines are available.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
  • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead. 

2.  Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions [257 KB, 2 pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).

 3.  Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness.
  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors [702 KB, 2 pages], treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)



Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. There has been an increase in the number of cases reported in the Kansas City metro area and Missouri and Kansas are currently experiencing an outbreak of pertussis.  Click on the links below for more information on how you can protect yourself and your family from pertussis. 

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


Signs and Symptoms

Kid Friendly Fact Sheet







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