Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness
At the Tennessee Department of Health, the Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness Division (CEDEP) works to track the spread of diseases and to make sure that Tennesseans are ready for both disease and non-disease emergencies. Learn more about work in specific program areas below.
After Hours Emergency Consultation (615) 741-7247
Foodborne Illness Complaint 1-800-293-8228
News & Notes
- Flu (influenza) season is here! Seasonal flu vaccine is widely available, and we recommend that everyone get vaccinated (especially those at higher risk for complications: children <5 years old, adults >65 years old, pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses). Learn more about preventing flu here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm. The weekly U.S. influenza surveillance report from CDC can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/.
- Winter months often bring outbreaks of norovirus. The best way to protect you and your family from norovirus is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. For more information about the symptoms of norovirus and what you can do to prevent illness, visit the CDC's website here: https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html.
- The Tennessee Department of Health continues to investigate reports of severe respiratory illnesses among individuals who reported vaping in the weeks and months prior to the onset of illness. Health care providers treating patients with suspected vaping–associated pulmonary illness should report potential cases to public health (contact your regional or metropolitan health department, or email the Tennessee Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org). Updates on the Tennessee investigation can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/vaping-illness.html.