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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.

Message Categories​

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

About the Health Alert Network

In Nebraska we use the HAN to distribute health alerts, prevention guidelines and other information. We can notify health care providers, hospitals, and local health departments immediately by e-mail and fax. We also have a voice notification system to reach our state public health employees and health departments immediately. We can also share information with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, laboratories, pharmacies, veterinarians and other health agencies. The HAN can also be used for distance learning, national disease surveillance, and electronic laboratory reporting.

The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds the HAN with grant money. Our goal is to improve the communications infrastructure for all Nebraska public health agencies and our partners.  To help meet this goal, the HAN:

  • Uses high-speed, secure Internet connections for local health officials and provides access to CDC's prevention recommendations, practice guidelines, and disease data.
  • Creates a secure web site and emergency messaging system for communications among health agencies for bioterrorism and all other public health threats.
  • Establishes a distance learning capability to foster greater public health organizational capacity and public health professional development.


Health Alerts 

  
  
  
  
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
ADVISORY07092020.pdfADVISORY07092020CDC HAN: Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-Based Hand Sanitizers7/9/2020
ADVISORY06242020.pdfADVISORY06242020Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections Linked to Bagged Salad6/24/2020
ADVISORY06192020.pdfADVISORY06192020Covid-19 Serology Testing6/19/2020
ADVISORY 06192020.pdfADVISORY 06192020West Nile Virus disease in Nebraska6/19/2020
ADVISORY06022020.pdfADVISORY06022020COVID-19 and Remdesivir Use 6/2/2020
ADVISORY06012020.pdfADVISORY06012020Lyme disease in Nebraska 6/1/2020
ADVISORY05182020.pdfADVISORY05182020Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated with COVID-195/18/2020
ADVISORY05062020.pdfADVISORY05062020Tick borne diseases in Nebraska May 06, 20205/6/2020
ADVISORY04212020.pdfADVISORY04212020Need for Increased COVID-19 Testing: Increased In-State Capacity4/21/2020
ADVISORY04022020.pdfADVISORY04022020Ordering COVID-19 Test at Nebraska Public Health Lab4/3/2020
UPDATE03292020.pdfUPDATE03292020Updated Guidance on Evaluation and  Testing Persons for COVID-19 CORRECTED3/29/2020
ADVISORY03232020.pdfADVISORY03232020Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Nebraska Dental Health Community3/23/2020
ADVISORY 03232020.pdfADVISORY 03232020Recommendations to returning out-of-state travelers3/23/2020
ADVISORY03192020.pdfADVISORY03192020COVID-19 Updated Recommendations 3/19/2020
UPDATE03162020.pdfUPDATE03162020Information and Guidance about Global Travel on Cruise Ships due to COVID-193/16/2020
UPDATE03132020.pdfUPDATE03132020Updated guidelines for laboratory testing for COVID-19 3/13/2020
ADVISORY03112020.pdfADVISORY03112020Updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons for COVID-19 3/11/2020
UPDATE03032020.pdfUPDATE03032020COVID-19 Outbreak Update3/3/2020
ADVISORY02252020.pdfADVISORY02252020COVID-19 Outbreak2/25/2020
UPDATE02012020.pdfUPDATE02012020Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus2/1/2020
ADVISORY01302020.pdfADVISORY013020202019 Novel Coronavirus Update1/30/2020
ADVISORY01232020.pdfADVISORY01232020Wuhan Novel Coronavirus 20191/23/2020
ADVISORY01142020.pdfADVISORY01142020Outbreak of Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology in China1/14/2020
ADVISORY01132020.pdfADVISORY01132020Elevated Influenza Activity1/13/2020
ADVISORY12062019.pdfADVISORY12062019Risk Associated with Unapproved Products Derived from Stem Cells, Placenta, and Umbilical Cord Blood 12/6/2019
UPDATE11202019.pdfUPDATE11202019Antimicrobial Resistance Threats and Antibiotic Awareness Week11/20/2019
UPDATE 11202019.pdfUPDATE 11202019Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Fresh Blackberries Purchased at Fresh Thyme Grocery Stores11/20/2019
ADVISORY11082019.pdfADVISORY11082019Increased Number of Hepatitis A Cases in the Metro Omaha Area11/8/2019
ADVISORY11042019.pdfADVISORY110420192019-2020 Influenza Vaccination and Testing Guidelines11/4/2019
UPDATE09112019.pdfUPDATE09112019STD Public Health Update on Trichomoniasis9/11/2019
ADVISORY09032019.pdfADVISORY09032019Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-cigarette Products9/3/2019
ADVISORY08292019.pdfADVISORY08292019Mumps Outbreak 8/29/2019
ADVISORY08222019.pdfADVISORY08222019Severe Pulmonary Disease related to Vaping8/22/2019
UPDATE07082019.pdfUPDATE07082019Influenza Summer Update July 8, 20197/8/2019
UPDATE07032019.pdfUPDATE07032019Cluster of NDM CP-CRE July 3, 20197/5/2019
ADVISORY06252019.pdfADVISORY06252019Black legged tick in Nebraska June 25, 20196/25/2019
ADVISORY06132019.pdfADVISORY06132019Increase in antibiotic resistant organisms, June 13th, 20196/13/2019
ADVISORY05312019.pdfADVISORY05312019West Nile Virus diseases Nebraska May 31, 20195/31/2019
ADVISORY05032019.pdfADVISORY05032019Measles Outbreaks in the United States May 3, 20195/3/2019
ADVISORY042319.pdfADVISORY042319Lyme Disease in Nebraska4/23/2019
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