Preventative Care

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about preventative care.

Who or what determines if an outbreak is occurring?

When there is an outbreak, it’s discovered on a local level first, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physician say. 

For example, when patients go into doctors’ offices and test positive for the flu, those results are reported to the local health department. 

If the health department starts to see a pattern in a certain area of a community and the numbers of flu patients continue to grow, that might be the time the sickness starts to be considered an outbreak.

On a larger level, the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC) and the World Health OrganizationOff Site Icon (WHO) might address national- or global-level outbreaks.

For more information about who determine if an outbreak is occurring, talk with your doctor.

Source: Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Timothy Markus, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Allison Mendenhall, PA-C, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care: James Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center, Tammy Taylor, DO, The Pediatric Group