Epidemiology

Epidemiology is a branch of science that deals with the study of the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population. The Epidemiology Division works to protect and promote the health of the residents of McLennan County.

Our Epidemiologists:

  • Handle reportable diseases and conditions.
  • Maintain accurate morbidity data for the county.
  • Actively investigate unusual occurrences of disease to promote prevention of further disease outbreaks.
  • Monitor and assess the county to create a profile of chronic disease issues within McLennan County.

Health Dashboard

Disease Reporting

Please report any notifiable conditions for the 24/7 disease reporting number: (254)750-5411 and/or fax forms: (254)750-5405

For more information on disease reporting, please visit our Disease Reporting Page.

Nursing staff are available to help monitor and track communicable diseases reported in McLennan County. The department is trained to respond quickly to prevent potential communicable disease outbreaks by holding on-site immunization clinics, providing medications or simply providing education and training on how to prevent further spread of a disease. 

Health Alerts/Advisories

Influenza - Local Flu Information

The Health District receives reports from hospitals, clinics, laboratories, school, nursing homes, and other healthcare partners on the number of flu and flu-like illnesses on a weekly basis year-round. This information is calculated and reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Please visit our Influenza page for local flu information. 

Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

The Waco McLennan County Public Health District's Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program works to identify and treat infants born to HBV-infected mothers in an effort to prevent perinatally acquired infection. Click here(PDF, 36KB) for more information. For reporting click here(PDF, 27KB).


Contact Information

Program Email: wacoepi@wacotx.gov

24/7 Disease Reporting Line: (254)750-5411

Program Fax: (254) 750-5405

Vaidehi Shah, Senior Epidemiologist

Phone: (254)750-5775