Fall 2022 Newsletter

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES ARE NOTHING NEW, BUT

Public health has a long and storied history in responding to and controlling the spread of communicable diseases.  In fact, the CDC names control of infectious diseases as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century, resulting in healthier populations and longer life spans.  However, it must be noted that our work is never done.  While we are all learning to live with COVID-19, the pandemic of the last years is a stark reminder of the impact infectious diseases can have on an individual and a population.  More recently we have heard of the spread of Monkeypox and of the identification of at least one case of Polio in the United States.  Both of these infectious diseases were rare and in fact, in the case of Polio essentially considered eradicated in the US.  However, just like humans, organisms evolve and find ways to survive, and our human actions (inactions) do not help.  Human behaviors such as travel, not keeping vaccinations up to date, going to work or school sick and not washing our hands all provide opportunities for a disease to arise in an individual and populations.  Our public health response to COVID-19 (and other diseases) should be a reminder to us of the importance, effectiveness, and value of public health interventions such as vaccination, physical distancing (staying home when sick), and hand washing.  These are all effective tools and if used consistently can all help to prevent the spread of disease.  Even if you are not concerned about your own health, consider the effect you may have on others by not practicing good public health.  Our actions make a difference so please:

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19, monkeypox, polio, or any other infectious diseases please contact the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission at 732-968-55151 or by email at mbrhc@middlebrookhealth.org.  We are happy to hear from you and try to answer your questions, though please understand that the situation and available information are constantly changing so we may not have all the answers.