Public Health

Contact Information

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


Monroe County Department of Public Health

111 Westfall Road
Room 952
Rochester, NY 14620

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

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With winter coming, two things are certain: there will be snow and there will be flu. Flu is a serious illness. Getting an annual vaccination goes a long way to preventing this miserable illness. Click here for details and locations of flu clinics.


Preteens and Adolescents

Child Immunization Clinics  

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. Clinic hours:

  • Tuesdays, BY APPT, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesdays, NO APPT/WALK-IN, from Noon - 6 pm
  • Thursdays, BY APPT, from 9 am - Noon

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 is a form that requires completion. If you like, you can print it at home and complete it prior to coming to save time. Appointments are available; call 753-5150. You can e-mail us at to ask general questions, but not to schedule an appointment.

NYS Required School Immunizations
Health Department Immunization Form (print, complete, and bring to clinic)


West Nile Virus

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West Nile virus (WNV) is an illness transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. The illness is most serious for older people. Healthy children and younger adults are at very low-risk for 'serious' WNV infection. The risk of human WNV infection increases towards the end of summer and into early Fall. Risk continues until the first frost. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Covering exposed skin and use of insect repellent are effective at preventing bites.

More Information on West Nile Virus


Diabetes Resource Guide - Greater Rochester

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


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 $221. 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.

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On-line 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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