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About the Health Alert Network​

The Health Alert Network (HAN) is a nationwide system for coordinating and distributing important information about public health events. It helps us strengthen our emergency preparedness at the local, state and federal levels.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) uses Health Alert Network (HAN) for sharing important and timely information about public health incidents and prevention/treatment guidelines to health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, veterinarians, dentists, long term care/nursing facilities, Tribal health centers and local health departments by email and text messages.

Level of Communication Types:

  • Health Alert: Conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
  • Health Advisory: Provides important information for a specific incident or situation; might not require immediate action.
  • Health Update: Provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action. ​

Health Alerts 

  
  
  
  
UPDATE02152024.pdfUPDATE02152024Ophthalmic erythromycin ointment shortage2/15/2024
UPDATE12202023.pdfUPDATE12202023Seasonal influenza & respiratory updates for clinicians12/20/2023
ADVISORY12152023.pdfADVISORY12152023CDC HAN: Urgent Need to Increase Immunization Coverage for Respiratory Disease Immunizations & Use of Authorized/Approved Therapeutics in the Setting of Increased Respiratory Disease Activity During the 2023-2024 Winter Season12/15/2023
UPDATE12122023.pdfUPDATE12122023Updated Blood Lead Testing Guidelines12/12/2023
ADVISORY12112023.pdfADVISORY12112023CDC HAN: Severe and Fatal Confirmed Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever among People with Recent Travel to Tecate, Mexico12/11/2023
ADVISORY12072023.pdfADVISORY12072023CDC HAN: Mpox Caused by Human-to-Human Transmission of Monkeypox Virus with Geographic Spread in the Democratic Republic of the Congo12/7/2023
ADVISORY11222023.pdfADVISORY11222023Recall on Certain Brands of Saline and Sterile Water Medical Products11/22/2023
ADVISORY11142023.pdfADVISORY11142023CDC HAN: High Blood Lead Levels in Children Consuming Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches11/14/2023
ADVISORY11092023.pdfADVISORY11092023Westview YMCA daycare exposures to a case of active tuberculosis (For Douglas, Sarpy, Cass and Three Rivers Health Jurisdictions only)11/9/2023
UPDATE11072023.pdfUPDATE11072023Nebraska Attorney General consumer warning on THC-containing products sold in Nebraska11/7/2023
UPDATE10262023.pdfUPDATE10262023Acute Flaccid Myelitis10/26/2023
ADVISORY10232023.pdfADVISORY10232023CDC HAN: Limited Availability of Nirsevimab in the US--Interim CDC Recommendations to Protect Infants from RSV during the 2023-2024 Respiratory Virus Season10/23/2023
ADVISORY10162023.pdfADVISORY10162023Detection of Raccoon Rabies Variant in Douglas County (For Douglas and Sarpy counties only)10/16/2023
ADVISORY 10162023.pdfADVISORY 10162023Detection of Raccoon Rabies Variant in Douglas County (Statewide)10/16/2023
UPDATE10132023.pdfUPDATE10132023Upcoming Changes in HAN Communication Method10/13/2023
ADVISORY09062023.pdfADVISORY09062023CDC HAN: Increased Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Activity in Parts of the Southeastern United States: New Prevention Tools Available to Protect Patients9/6/2023
ADVISORY09052023.pdfADVISORY09052023CDC HAN: Severe Vibrio vulnificus Infections in the United States Associated with Warming Coastal Waters9/5/2023
UPDATE08292023.pdfUPDATE08292023CDC HAN: Important Updates on Locally Acquired Malaria Cases Identified in Florida, Texas and Maryland8/29/2023
ALERT07182023.pdfALERT07182023Syphilis Incidence Continues Increasing in Nebraska7/18/2023
UPDATE07122023.pdfUPDATE07122023West Nile Virus in Nebraska7/12/2023
ADVISORY07052023.pdfADVISORY07052023CDC HAN: Wildfire Smoke Exposure Poses Threat to At-Risk Populations7/5/2023
ADVISORY06272023.pdfADVISORY06272023CDC HAN: Locally Acquired Malaria Cases Identified in  the United States6/27/2023
ADVISORY06262023.pdfADVISORY06262023Xylazine-related Overdose Warning6/26/2023
ADVISORY06222023.pdfADVISORY06222023CDC HAN: Guidance on Measles during the Summer Travel Season6/22/2023
UPDATE06212023.pdfUPDATE06212023Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP): Recommendations for Healthcare Providers to Ensure Proper Prevention & Treatment6/21/2023
UPDATE06162023.pdfUPDATE06162023Non-COVID-19 Summertime Respiratory Disease Updates: Monitoring for MERS-CoV & Influenza6/16/2023
UPDATE06022023.pdfUPDATE06022023CDC HAN: Important Updates on Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis in U.S. Patients Who Underwent Surgical Procedures under Epidural Anesthesia in Matamoros, Mexico6/2/2023
ADVISORY05182023.pdfADVISORY05182023CDC HAN: Outbreak of Suspected Fungal Meningitis in U.S. Patients who Underwent Surgical Procedures under Epidural Anesthesia in Matmoros, Mexico5/18/2023
UPDATE05152023.pdfUPDATE05152023CDC HAN: Potential Risk for New Mpox Cases5/15/2023
UPDATE05042023.pdfUPDATE05042023Tick-Borne Diseases and Nebraska5/4/2023
UPDATE04242023.pdfUPDATE04242023Lyme Disease and Nebraska4/24/2023
ADVISORY04072023.pdfADVISORY04072023CDC HAN: Marburg Virus Disease Outbreaks in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania4/7/2023
ADVISORY03032023.pdfADVISORY03032023CDC HAN: Measles Exposure at a Large Gathering in Kentucky, February 2023 and Global Measles Outbreaks3/3/2023
ADVISORY03022023.pdfADVISORY03022023CDC HAN: Increased Chikungunya Activity in Paraguay and Associated Risk to Travelers3/2/2023
ADVISORY02272023.pdfADVISORY02272023CDC HAN: Increase in Extensively Drug-Resistant Shigellosis in the United States2/27/2023
ADVISORY02022023.pdfADVISORY02022023CDC HAN: Outbreak of Extensively Drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Associated with Artificial Tears2/2/2023
ADVISORY12222022.pdfADVISORY12222022CDC HAN: Increase in Pediatric Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infections12/22/2022
UPDATE12212022.pdfUPDATE12212022CDC HAN: Important Updates on COVID-19 Therapeutics for Treatment and Prevention12/21/2022
ADVISORY12152022.pdfADVISORY12152022CDC HAN: Interim Guidance for Clinicians to Prioritize Antiviral Treatment of Influenza in the Setting of Reduced Availability of Oseltamivir12/15/2022
UPDATE12082022.pdfUPDATE12082022COVID-19 Therapeutics Updates & Shortages of Oseltamivir, Amoxicillin, & Amoxicillin-Clavulanate12/8/2022
UPDATE11182022.pdfUPDATE11182022CDC HAN: Update on Managing Monkeypox in Patients Receiving Therapeutics11/18/2022
UPDATE11072022.pdfUPDATE11072022CDC HAN: Update on Ebola Virus Disease (Sudan ebolavirus) Outbreak in Central Uganda11/7/2022
ALERT11042022.pdfALERT11042022Respiratory Season Updates and Recommendations11/4/2022
ADVISORY11012022.pdfADVISORY11012022CDC HAN: Outbreaks of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Highlight Importance of Maintaining and Monitoring Dental Waterlines11/1/2022
ADVISORY10062022.pdfADVISORY10062022CDC HAN: Outbreak of Ebola virus disease (Sudan ebolavirus) in Central Uganda10/6/2022
ADVISORY09302022.pdfADVISORY09302022CDC HAN: Severe Manifestations of Monkeypox among People who are Immunocompromised due to HIV or Other Conditions9/30/2022
ADVISORY09122022.pdfADVISORY09122022CDC HAN: Severe Respiratory Illnesses Associated with Rhinoviruses and/or Enteroviruses Including EV-D68 -- Multistate, 20229/12/2022
ADVISORY09082022.pdfADVISORY09082022CDC HAN: Variant Influenza Virus Infections: Recommendations for Identification, Treatment, and Prevention for Summer and Fall 20229/8/2022
UPDATE08192022.pdfUPDATE08192022Nebraska Monkeypox Updates8/19/2022
UPDATE08022022.pdfUPDATE08022022CDC HAN: Update for Clinicians on Monkeypox in People with HIV, Children and Adolescents, and People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding8/2/2022
UPDATE07292022.pdfUPDATE07292022Nebraska Monkeypox Update and CDC Update on Testing and Treatment7/29/2022
ADVISORY07282022.pdfADVISORY07282022CDC HAN: Melioidosis Locally Endemic in Areas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Burkholderia pseudomallei in Soil and Water and Linked to Two Cases - Mississippi, 2020 and 20227/28/2022
UPDATE07202022.pdfUPDATE07202022Non-COVID-19 Respiratory Disease Updates: Monitoring for MERS-CoV & Influenza7/20/2022
ADVISORY07142022.pdfADVISORY07142022CDC HAN: Recent Reports of Human Parechovirus in the United States--20227/14/2022
ADVISORY07132022.pdfADVISORY07132022West Nile Virus in Nebraska7/13/2022
ADVISORY07122022.pdfADVISORY07122022Tick-borne Diseases in Nebraska7/12/2022
ADVISORY07062022.pdfADVISORY07062022Nebraska HIV Incidence, Testing Review, Treatment Resources and Prevention7/6/2022
UPDATE06152022.pdfUPDATE06152022CDC HAN: Updated Case-finding Guidance: Monkeypox Outbreak - United States, 20226/15/2022
UPDATE05262022.pdfUPDATE05262022Update to CDC's Blood Lead Reference Value for Children5/26/2022
ADVISORY05242022.pdfADVISORY05242022CDC HAN: COVID-19 Rebound After Paxlovid Treatment5/24/2022
ADVISORY05202022.pdfADVISORY05202022CDC HAN: Monkeypox Virus Infection in the United States and Other Non-endemic Countries--20225/20/2022
UPDATE05112022.pdfUPDATE05112022CDC HAN: Updated Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology5/11/2022
ADVISORY05022022.pdfADVISORY05022022CDC HAN: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Virus: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response5/2/2022
ADVISORY04282022.pdfADVISORY04282022Lyme disease in Nebraska4/28/2022
ADVISORY04252022.pdfADVISORY04252022CDC HAN: Updated Information on Availability and Use of Treatments for Outpatients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19 Who are at Increased Risk for Severe Outcomes of COVID-194/25/2022
ADVISORY04212022.pdfADVISORY04212022CDC HAN: Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology4/21/2022
ADVISORY03212022.pdfADVISORY03212022Increasing Syphilis Incidence in Nebraska3/21/2022
UPDATE01042022.pdfUPDATE01042022Omicron Predominant in Nebraska and Therapeutics Updates1/4/2022
ADVISORY12272021.pdfADVISORY12272021CDC HAN: Rapid Increase in Omicron Variant Infections in the United States: Management of Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure12/27/2021
UPDATE12102021.pdfUPDATE12102021Important Seasonal Influenza Updates and Recommendations12/10/2021
UPDATE12032021.pdfUPDATE12032021Omicron Variant Identified in Nebraska12/3/2021
UPDATE11022021.pdfUPDATE11022021Expansion of Recall of LeadCare Blood Lead Tests Due to Risk of Falsely Low Results11/2/2021
UPDATE10252021.pdfUPDATE10252021CDC HAN: Source Implicated in Fatal Case in Georgia: Multistate Outbreak of Non-travel Associated Burkholderia pseudomallei Infections (Melioidosis) in Four Patients: Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas–202110/25/2021
ADVISORY09302021.pdfADVISORY09302021Vaccination to prevent COVID-19 in pregnant people9/30/2021
ADVISORY09212021.pdfADVISORY09212021CDC HAN: Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Recently Evacuated from Afghanistan9/21/2021
UPDATE09172021.pdfUPDATE09172021Updated COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) Therapy Indication and Change in Protocol for Ordering mAb Therapy9/17/2021
ADVISORY09142021.pdfADVISORY09142021CDC HAN: Increases in Availability of Cannabis Products Containing Delta-8 THC and Reported Cases of Adverse Events9/14/2021
ADVISORY08272021.pdfADVISORY08272021CDC HAN: Rapid Increase in Ivermectin Prescriptions and Reports of Severe Illness Associated with Use of Products Containing Ivermectin to Prevent or Treat COVID-198/27/2021
ADVISORY07212021.pdfADVISORY07212021West Nile Virus in Nebraska7/21/2021
ADVISORY07192021.pdfADVISORY07192021CDC HAN: Potential Exposure to Person with Confirmed Human Monkeypox Infection - United States, 20217/19/2021
ADVISORY07122021.pdfADVISORY07122021CDC HAN: Recall of LeadCare® Blood Lead Tests Due to Risk of Falsely Low Results7/12/2021
ADVISORY07062021.pdfADVISORY07062021CDC HAN: Multistate Investigation of Non-travel Associated Burkholderia pseudomallei Infections (Melioidosis) in Three Patients: Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota-20217/6/2021
ADVISORY07012021.pdfADVISORY07012021CDC HAN: Increased Interseasonal RSV Activity in Parts of the Southern United States7/1/2021
ADVISORY06282021.pdfADVISORY06282021Test Nebraska Ending6/28/2021
UPDATE06112021.pdfUPDATE06112021COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Updates & Sequencing6/11/2021
ADVISORY04292021.pdfADVISORY04292021Tick borne diseases in Nebraska 4/29/2021
UPDATE04222021.pdfUPDATE04222021Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children & Adults and Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Indications4/22/2021
ADVISORY04192021.pdfADVISORY04192021Increase in Norovirus Outbreaks4/19/2021
ALERT04132021.pdfALERT04132021COVID-19 Vaccine pause of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine4/13/2021
ALERT 04132021.pdfALERT 04132021CDC HAN: Cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis with thrombocytopenia after receipt of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine4/13/2021
ADVISORY04012021.pdfADVISORY04012021Acute Non-Viral Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology Potentially Associated with an Alkaline Water Product4/1/2021
ADVISORY03312021.pdfADVISORY03312021Lyme disease in Nebraska 3/31/2021
UPDATE03082021.pdfUPDATE03082021COVID-19 Vaccine Fees3/8/2021
UPDATE03032021.pdfUPDATE03032021SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern identified in Nebraska3/3/2021
UPDATE02252021.pdfUPDATE02252021COVID-19 Antigen Testing, Reinfections, Sequencing & Antibody Test Reporting2/25/2021
ADVISORY02182021.pdfADVISORY021820212021 Winter Storms - Clinical Guidance for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning2/18/2021
ADVISORY02162021.pdfADVISORY02162021Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella Typhi infections Among U.S. Residents Without International Travel2/16/2021
ADVISORY01042021.pdfADVISORY01042021Increase in Fatal Drug Overdoses Across the United States Driven by Synthetic Opioids Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic1/4/2021
ADVISORY12242020.pdfADVISORY12242020Monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID-19 12/24/2020
UPDATE09082020.pdfUPDATE09082020Updated Testing Guidance for COVID-199/8/2020
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