Communicable Disease

"Communicable diseases kill, maim and surprise us."
Control of Communicable Diseases by David Heymann

Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in cooperation with our public health partners, actively work to prevent diseases from killing, maiming and surprising us.  We provide immunizations for children and adults for preventing vaccine-preventable diseases.  This includes vaccines for foreign travel.  Working with our partners, we assure that our immunization rates stay high to keep our communities healthy.

TB (tuberculosis) testing, STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing and HIV tests are offered at all 4 health unit sites.

Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases.  Good hand washing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among both children and adults.

Emerging Diseases

Infectious diseases are a continuing danger everyone. Some diseases have been effectively controlled with the help of modern technology. Yet new diseases—such as SARS and West Nile virus infection—are constantly appearing. Others, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and bacterial pneumonias, are now appearing in forms that are resistant to drug treatments.

Foreign Travel Vaccine

The Upper Missouri District Health Unit can administer immunizations that you may need for foreign travel.  The cost of this service is based on the actual cost of the vaccine(s) plus an administrative fees.  Since some vaccines are ordered as needed, we recommend you contact us as soon as possible to minimize the impact of shipment time.  The following vaccines are available:
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Td or Tdap
  • Inactivated Polio
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningococcal
  • MMR
  • Rabies (pre-exposure)
  • Typhoid
  • Varivax (Chicken Pox)
  • Yellow Fever
If you would like more information, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment please call (701) 774-6400 or (Toll-Free) 1-877-572-3763.

Immunization Information

Don't let the flu ruin your holidays!

Take the time to safeguard yourself and your family against the flu! Get a flu shot! If you are in need of a flu shot and the Upper Missouri District Health Unit has vaccine available, you can make an appointment for an immunization. Call 774-6400 for more information.

Bring insurance and/or Medicare cards with you. Vaccine is available while supplies last.

Always wash your hands! This helps prevent the flu virus--and other germs--from spreading!

Vaccine Information

ND Health website -

Recommended Immunizations
for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old

TB Testing

The Upper Missouri District Health Unit monitors high risk populations by providing screening for tuberculosis (TB) and manages the control and treatment of TB infection and disease. TB testing is available for all citizens. A minimal fee is charged for some clients. Case management to assure completion of treatment and control of tuberculosis protects the health and safety of the community. Health care providers are required by law to report all TB cases to the North Dakota Department of Health.  

Call your local public health office to schedule TB testing.