Public Health

Contact Information

Jeremy T. Cushman, MD, MS, FACEP
Interim Commissioner of Health


Monroe County Department of Public Health

111 Westfall Road
Room 952
Rochester, NY 14620

Phone: 585 753-2991
Fax: 585 753-5115

Diabetes Resource Guide - Greater Rochester

There are numerous programs in the Greater Rochester to help prevent and control diabetes. Click here to learn more.

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

Federal health officials are closely monitoring a large outbreak of MERS in the Republic of Korea (and China). These cases of viral respiratory illness are all linked to travel to the Saudi Arabian region. The risk in the United States is presently considered to be low. Health care providers should be inquiring about recent travel out of the country (see below for details).

Health Care Provider Guidance
Questions and Answers About MERS

Lyme Disease Alert

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged – or deer - ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic “bull’s eye” skin rash. Most cases of Lyme Disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. If left untreated, infection can spread and become much more serious. Lyme Disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is also sometimes helpful. The number of cases in Monroe County has increased over the past few years. Steps to prevent Lyme Disease include avoiding walking through tall grass where ticks are often found, wearing light colored clothing to aid in spotting ticks, examining your body closely after having been out in areas where ticks are common, and using insect repellent containing DEET (be sure to follow label instructions). Ticks must stay attached to your body for between 24-48 hours to transmit Lyme, so promptly removing them with tweezers will likely prevent contracting Lyme disease.

CDC Lyme Disease Info
Lyme Prevention Sign


Vital Records Office Open Late on Wednesdays

The Monroe County Vital records Office is now open to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays for residents in need of a certified birth or death certificate. Birth certificates ONLY are also available at the Greece DMV Branch on the last Saturday of every month from 8-30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Click here for details on obtaining a birth or death certificate.


Shingles Vaccine

Shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is recommended for people 60 and older. The charge for this vaccine is $213. Payment is expected at the time of your visit. Your health insurance may cover some or all of the cost. We encourage you to contact them. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please call 753-5150.

Shingles Fact Sheet - CDC


Birth Certificates Available @ Greece DMV on Last Saturday of Every Month

The Health Department has teamed up with the Monroe County Clerk's Office to begin making birth certificates available to Monroe County residents at the Greece DMV Office, located in the Mall @ Greece Ridge, on the last Saturday of each month from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm). Birth certificates are often needed for auto licenses and to obtain a passport. Children between 3-5 years of age can get a one-time free birth certificate and teens between 13-17 seeking a work permit can also get a one-time free birth record. Active military members and veterans can get a copy of their birth record at no charge. The cost for all others is $30 per certified copy (raised seal). Please be sure to bring valid photo ID.


The Ebloa virus continues to spread in West Africa. The risk of widespread illness -- particularly among non-health care workers -- within the US, continues to be very low. For answers to the most commonly asked Ebola questions, click here.

Immunization Clinic

New York State requires a number of immunizations to attend school. If your child or college student has not been able to get into their doctor to get all the required shots, we can help. Child immunizations are available as follows:

  • By appointment: Tuesdays from 9 -12 and 1-4 and Thursdays from 9 - 12
  • Walk-in (no appt needed):  Wednesdays 12-7; please arrive by 6 pm.

Most vaccinations are provided at no-cost through age 18. Please bring any health insurance cards and any letters that you received from school about shots that your child is missing.  Attached below is a form that requires completion. If you like, you can print at home and complete prior to coming, send it by e-mail, or you can complete it when you come. To contact our Immunization Clinic, call 753-5150 or e-mail us at

NYS Required School Immunizations
Health Department Immunization Form (print, complete, and bring OR complete and click E-mail option)


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Internship Opportunities at Health Department

The Monroe County Department of Public Health hosts college students seeking internships throughout the year for matriculated students whose degree requires an internship. All internships are unpaid.  Before a student can apply for an internship, there must be a finalized Affiliation Agreement between the College/University and Monroe County.  The following institutions currently have finalized agreements:

  • Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Buffalo State College (SUNY)
  • Empire State College - Saratoga Springs
  • Ithaca College
  • Keuka College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Nazareth College
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Skidmore College
  • SUNY Brockport Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, & Nursing
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing and Public Health Sciences Department

Institutions interested in establishing an affiliation agreement with us, and students attending one of the above listed schools who are interested in a future internship with our department, may contact us for further information.  NOTE:  Students should contact us at least six months prior to their desired internship semester. 

If you have any questions please contact us at:

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Online Health Information

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The Internet is an excellent place to become more knowledgable about health. However, while there are many credible health sites, there are also sites that may contain information and recommendations that are not valid.

The links listed below contain reliable health information.

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