The Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control (ARC IPC) is currently developing a clearinghouse of resources on existing trainings, tools, and resources related to infection prevention and control for a variety of audiences.

Below are resources on infection prevention and control from across Alabama agencies and the broader public health community.

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks (ID&O): Provides several resources and fact sheet flyers on infectious diseases in Alabama, as well as information on the state's DETECT, TEST and REPORT (DTR) Notifiable Diseases awareness campaign to help reduce the impact of reportable diseases across the state while creating a notifiable disease system.

Healthcare-Associated Infections

Hospital Preparedness Program: Overview of HPP funding distribution to support the state's health care coalition members through training, education, and other preparedness efforts. Also includes information on Covid response.

Immunization Laws (ADPH): Outlines diseases for which vaccinations are required for children, as well as a regimented schedule of when and what vaccines and boosters should be administered for children to be in compliance. 

Infection Prevention Guidelines (ADPH): Comprehensive overview of recommendations for many topics, including vaccination guidelines, testing, disease transmission, exposure, hand hygiene and general procedures.

Notifiable Diseases (ADPH): Listing of notifiable diseases, including elements such as reporting requirements, control procedures, and considerations for vulnerable populations.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (CDC): Overview of PHEP plan, including state and public health workforce demographics funded by program, as well as performance results related to many possible emergencies, including biological health threats, foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, and exposure to toxic materials.

Public Health Laws (ADPH): Comprehensive list of the state's public health laws, including those on topics like infectious diseases, notifiable diseases and reporting, and vaccinations.

Resources coming soon

Animals in School and Daycare Settings (CDC): Tips for preventing disease spread and outbreaks when animals are introduced to these settings.

Building Organizational Capacity for Infection Prevention and Control (COVID Collaborative): Guidance and best practice recommendations to reduce the risk of disease transmission, especially COVID-19, in K-12 school settings.

Childcare Center Exclusion Criteria (ADPH): Infectious disease exclusion criteria and notifiable disease requirements for childcare centers.

Childcare Manual for Disease Control in Childcare Centers and Pre-Schools (Jefferson County Department of Health): Comprehensive guidelines including detailed information on cleaning and disinfection, diapering, handwashing, exclusion criteria, reporting, exposure control and outbreak management.

Communicable Disease Chart for Alabama's Schools and Childcare Facilities (ADPH): Chart outlining several communicable diseases, whether and when they are deemed notifiable, and exclusion and readmission criteria for those who have or have been in some form of contact with the disease.

COVID Prevention in K-12 Schools (CDC): Provides updated guidance for in-personal learning, including recommendations for universal masking, due to the Delta variant.

COVID Toolkit for Childcare Settings (ADPH): COVID-19-specific recommendations and information for childcare settings, including on transmission and symptoms, monitoring, spread prevention, hygiene and face coverings, as well as several logs, tools and checklists to help prevent and manage COVID-19 cases.

Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms (ADPH): Instruction for variety of facility types, including daycare and schools.

How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of Flu (CDC): Six tips on how and where to clean, disinfect and sanitize, as well as guidance on product usage and waste disposal.

K-12 Schools Infection Prevention: Resources for school nurses and other personnel to prevent infection spread in schools, including guidance on cleaning, disinfection, hygiene, ventilation, vaccination and emergency preparedness.

MRSA (CDC): Guidance for teachers and school health personnel on how to manage students with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as when to exclude the child from school and provide notification to other students and parents.

Pandemic Flu Checklist: K-12 School Administrators (CDC): Itemized action lists for school administrators to use before, during and after pandemic flu conditions in school settings.

Preventing Infection in Early Childhood Centers (APIC): Recommendations for general infection prevention, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, and food safety.

Preventing Infections in Childcare Facilities (APIC): Recommendations for hand hygiene, vaccinations, surface cleanliness, and food safety.

Prevention and Control Measures for Outbreaks at Childcare Facilities (CDC): Recommendations and educational information for and about children, staff and other adults for cryptosporidiosis outbreaks in childcare settings.

Protect Against Flu: Caregivers of Infants and Young Children (CDC): Flu-related complications in children under age five and provides advice for caregivers to both avoid getting the flu and to manage it if they become sick with the flu.

Reducing Spread of Illness in Child Care (American Association of Pediatrics): Measures to promote good hygiene and prevent the spread of disease in childcare settings.

Reducing Spread of Seasonal Influenza in K-12 Schools: Guidance to help reduce spread of seasonal influenza among students and staff based on CDC's current knowledge and monitoring of flu in the US.

School Infection Prevention Basics (APIC): General guidance for teachers, administrators and parents in terms of how to manage sick students, including when to stay home, general hygiene, cleaning/disinfectant product usage, and more.

When to Keep Your Child Home from Child Care (American Academy of Pediatrics): Guidance on when to keep children away from or allow them to attend childcare settings based on several potential sickness/disease conditions.

Hospital Preparedness Program: Video overview of the HPP program, which funds efforts to strengthen healthcare systems' abilities to respond to disasters and emergencies.

Resources coming soon

Content of an Infection Prevention Control Plan (APIC): Ten-step outline covering the key elements of an infection prevention control plan and its component parts.

Infection Control and Prevention Plan (US Compliance): Template for a general infection control planning manual that can be tailored to specific organizations.

American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC): Peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles describing original research on the epidemiology, infection control, and infectious.

Infection Prevention in Practice: Publication of Healthcare Infection Society focusing on the prevention and treatment of healthcare-associated infections worldwide.

International Journal of Infection Control (IJIC): Online forum for infection control professionals, especially those in low resource countries, to disseminate research and practice information and encourage infection control initiatives worldwide.

Journal of Hospital Infection: Publication of Healthcare Infection Society focusing on infection prevention and control in the areas of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings.

Journal of Infection Prevention: Professional publication of the Infection Prevention Society intended to advance the evidence base in infection prevention and control.

Merck Manual, Infectious Diseases: Collection of medical reference manuals published by the Merck & Co. pharmaceuticals company. The Infectious Diseases manual provides overviews and descriptions of several forms of infectious diseases, as well as information on testing and immunization.

MedlinePlus: Online information hub created by the United States National Library of Medicine.

Medscape: Online resource hub for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Bacterial Pneumonia (AHRQ): General information on diagnosis and treatment of bacterial pneumonia in LTCFs.

Infection Prevention and You (APIC): Overview of importance of infection prevention in long-term care facilities and advice and guidance for residents, family members and other potential visitors.

Toolkit to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) and Other HAIs in Long-Term Care Facilities (AHRQ)

Unit Guide to Infection Prevention for Long-Term Care Staff (AHRQ): Outlines all actions staff, residents and visitors should take to reduce risk of infection and outbreak, including hand hygiene, surface cleaning, PPE, resident placement and more. Includes outbreak-specific guidance (e.g., airborne, droplet, contact).

COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard: Guidelines for temporary standards to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 exposure and related complications.

Infectious Diseases: Overview of and resources for infectious disease exposure risks of the full spectrum of professionals who ensure the delivery of healthcare services. Includes CDC guidelines and recommendations and additional resources for specific diseases.

Respiratory Protection: Overview of respiratory protection including purpose, general guidance, training videos, standards and enforcement means.

State Plans: Overview of states that have and what is covered by an OSHA-approved state plans.

COVID-19 Donning/Doffing Video Series (UAB): Videos covering donning and doffing of several different types of PPE for individuals working in clinical settings with individuals who have or may have COVID-19.

Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19 (NETEC): Donning and doffing guidance for healthcare workers engaging with patients who have or may have COVID-19. Also provides overview of types of PPE and using individually and in tandem with other PPE.

Resources coming soon

Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks (ID&O): Provides several resources and fact sheet flyers on infectious diseases in Alabama, as well as information on the state's DETECT, TEST and REPORT (DTR) Notifiable Diseases awareness campaign to help reduce the impact of reportable diseases across the state while creating a notifiable disease system.

American Public Health Association (APHA): Includes resources, articles and APHA's "Control of Communicable Diseases Manual" to help prepare the public health workforce to combat, prevent and control infectious diseases.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): Resources from state, territorial and federal partners providing guidance to state health agencies on controlling and responding to infectious disease risks in healthcare settings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Infectious Disease National Centers: Three national centers to address a variety of infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted disease, tuberculosis, zoonotic infectious diseases, and respiratory diseases.

CDC National Center for Health Statistics: Up-to-date statistics on mortality, vaccination rates and other elements related to many infectious diseases.

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP): The OIDP seeks to provide leadership and management regarding infectious diseases while also encouraging collaboration, coordination and innovation between federal agencies and stakeholders to reduce the burden of infectious diseases.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Infectious Diseases (OID): Oversees the development, review and regulation of applications as well as issues related to toxicology for drug and biologic products reviewed across three separate divisions (Anti-Infectives; Antivirals; Pharm/Tox for Infectious Diseases).

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA): Collaborative of over 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases whose purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

IDSA Infection Prevention and Control: Provides training, prevention guidelines and other resources to help prevent and manage healthcare-associated infections.

International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID): International organization dedicated to supporting health professionals, non-government organizations and governments in their work to prevent, investigate and manage infectious disease outbreaks, with a particular focus in countries that have limited resources and disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases.

National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC): National organization seeking to increase the capability of the United State public health and health care systems to safely and effectively manage individuals with suspected and confirmed special pathogens.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Non-profit whose mission and vision is built around the effective prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through educational efforts to inform health professionals and the general public about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Overview on the annual domestic and global impact of infectious diseases and NIH's role in combating them.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): NIH's infectious disease institute which focuses on increasing the breadth and depth of knowledge of infectious diseases and developing domestic and international research capacities to respond to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases on national and global platforms.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS): Organization comprised of doctors and researchers focused on the treatment, control and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children.

World Health Organization (WHO): Searchable database of health topics, including on all manner of infectious diseases and infection prevention and control for global populations.

Resources coming soon

Resources on all elements of infection prevention and control and environments in which to practice them will be continually added. To recommend additional resources or request a tailored resource package to meet your specific needs please contact the Center at