The Philadelphia Department of Public Health Division of Disease Control (DDC) provides guidance documents and resources for healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, and institutions such as schools and shelters to promote the public health of Philadelphians. Click on a guidance or service topic below to view resources.

Topic Specific Guidance


Animal Bites

Provides resources and guidance materials for healthcare professional on animal bites and other types of animal exposures that could potentially transmit the rabies virus to humans. Resources include:

  • Detailed information on reporting animal bites/exposures
  • Guidelines for clinical management of animal exposures and rabies post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Information on rabies immune globulin and vaccine
  • Rabies information and fact sheets

Infection Control

Provides guidance and resources to prevent and control the spread of infectious disease.

  • Guidance for infection prevention in outpatient settings
  • Injection Safety resources and guidance
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Diseases & Conditions

Provides disease specific guidance, diagnostic and treatment information, vaccine information, reporting instructions, surveillance data and health education materials for select diseases and conditions including:

  • Arboviruses (Dengue, West Nile Virus)
  • CRE
  • Ebola
  • Shigella
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Antibiotic Stewardship

Provides resources for facilities to utilize when planning or enhancing their antibiotic stewardship program including:

  • Guidance materials for antibiotic stewardship programs
  • Educational materials to promote appropriate antibiotic use
  • Links to posters the raise awareness about appropriate antibiotic use

Travel Health

Provides resources and guidance materials for healthcare professionals with patients who are traveling or have traveled internationally. Resources include:

  • Clinical Guidelines for pre-travel consultation
  • Information on additional vaccines that may be needed based on the travel destination
  • Clinical evaluations tools for screening the returning traveler

Facility Specific Guidance


Healthcare Facilities

Provides guidance and resources specific to healthcare facilities including:

  • CDC Guidance for disinfection and sterilization in healthcare settings
  • Guidance for Long Term Care Facilites

Schools and Childcare

Provides guidance and resources specific to schools and childcare facilities including:

  • Guidelines for the prevention and control of infectious disease in Schools
  • Special reporting instructions for schools

Shelters

Provides guidance and resources specific to shelters including:

  • Guidelines for the prevention and control of infectious disease in Shelters
  • Special reporting instructions for shelters
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