A new study finds that North Carolina is among the top states prepared for an infectious disease outbreak.

A new report released earlier this month by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) finds North Carolina scored seven out of 10 on key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats.Among the necessary steps that need to be taken, North Carolina received points for requiring HPV vaccines for teens, vaccinating at least half of their population for the seasonal flu during the 2012-2013 flu season, and evaluating the operations plan in case of a real event or emergency.

 

Thirty two states scored five or lower out of 10 key indicators in the report. Three states tied for the lowest score with a two out of 10, including Georgia, Nebraska and New Jersey. New Hampshire had the highest score, with eight out of 10. The report comes in during the height of the flu season in which North Carolina has seen eight deaths caused by the virus, with three in Guilford County.