It's our mission to provide a comprehensive infection prevention and control program for all CCHC entities. We focus on surveillance, prevention, and control of healthcare associated infections, in CCHC patients, visitors, licensed independent practitioners, employees, volunteers and students.
The program includes collaboration with the local board of health and the MADPH in the prevention of transmission of infectious disease in the community and regional disaster planning and preparedness.
The best ways you can help prevent infections:
Wash Your Hands
Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings—from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.
How to Wash Your Hands [PDF]
Cover Your Cough
Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick. Influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses like whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.To help stop the spread of germs, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
Cough Etiquette from the CDC [PDF]
Stay Up to Date on Vaccinations
In our mobile society, over a million people each day people travel to and from other countries, where many vaccine-preventable diseases remain relatively common. Without vaccines, epidemics of many preventablediseases could return, resulting in increased - and unnecessary - illness, disability, and death among children and adults. Stay up to date on vaccinations. See the Centers for Disease Control website for scheduled and more information.
Basic and Common Questions about Vaccinations
No More Excuses: You Need a Flu Vaccine [PDF]
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Information [PDF]
Where To Get The Flu Vaccine
WCVB Interview with Dr. Rudman about Childhood Immunizations