Technical Resource Center

Welcome to the NSSP technical resources page for syndromic surveillance practitioners! These resources will help you bring facilities onboard the BioSense Platform, update your Master Facility Tables, get started using the Platform tools, and comply with HL7 case notifications from mapping guides. If you have questions or would like technical assistance, please contact the Service Deskexternal icon (account required).

Indexes Added to NSSP Data Dictionary

The NSSP Data Dictionary provides details on data elements stored in NSSP data tables and promotes the use of standards-based vocabulary for exchanging consistent information.

The latest update adds two worksheets. The first worksheet applies indexes based on actual query usage patterns in the Production_Archive database. The second contains indexes used in the Staging_Archive database.

Syndromic Data Show Value of Vaccination

COVID-19 cases, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospital admissions increased from June to August 2021 among persons aged 0–17 years. ED visits and hospital admissions in a 2-week period in August 2021 were higher in states with lower population vaccination coverage and lower in states with higher vaccination coverage. This MMWR article shows how community vaccination, in coordination with testing strategies and other prevention measures, is critical to protecting pediatric populations from SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19.

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Page last reviewed: October 14, 2021