Board of Health
About the Department
The Fulton County Board of Health is committed to promoting and protecting the health of individuals, families, and communities.
The Board of Health offers public health services at eight health centers located throughout Fulton County and through our Vital Records office located at Fulton County Government Center.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis that usually affects the lungs. TB bacteria are spread when they are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs or speaks. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. An effective strategy to ensure patients complete TB treatment is directly observed therapy (DOT). With DOT, a patient meets with a health care worker every day or several times a week. The patient takes the TB medication while the health care worker watches. There is no way to accurately predict whether a patient will adhere to treatment without this assistance. This measures looks at the proportion of patients being treated for TB who receive DOT.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the U.S. The recommendations are summarized in an immunization schedule defining the type of vaccination and the age at which it should be administered. This goal is tracked by measuring the percent of Fulton County health clinic clients age 19 to 36 months who have received all vaccinations according to the ACIP schedule. Vaccinations recommended in the first 3 years include Chickenpox, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A/B, Measles, Mumps, Polio, Rubella, Influenza, Pertussis, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, rubella and Tetanus.
This measure tracks the number of individuals, newly diagnosed with HIV, who are referred to care and actually attend an HIV medical care appointment within 30* days in proportion to the number of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV who are referred to HIV medical care.
Compliance is measured with State mandated guidelines for notifiable and communicable disease investigations. State requires follow up and completion of case report forms (CRF) on several notifiable and communicable diseases. Compliance is checked by confirming in SendSS (State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System) to see if the selected case was followed up by Epidemiology staff and if CRF was filled out. CRF are also in SendSS. Only diseases requiring CRF are checked.