Public Health

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

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Monroe County Department of Public Health

111 Westfall Road
Room 952
Rochester, NY 14620

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

Heat Advisory

Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s the next few days in Monroe County. Click here for important information to keep safe. 


 

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM15). The purpose of this observance is to highlight the importance of immunizations, one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th Century, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, vaccination rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals. Immunizations aren’t just for children!! They are needed throughout our lifetime.

Click here for information about the importance of vaccinations for persons of all ages.


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


 

 Preteens and Adolescents Back-to-School 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. Special "no appointment" clinic hours have been scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesdays between Sept 2 - 30 from 11 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday Sept 10 and Sept 17 from 11 am - 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 it at home and complete it prior to coming to save time. Limited appointments for children are also available; call 753-5150 to learn of available times. You may e-mail us at immclinic@monroecounty.gov to ask general questions, but not to schedule an appointment. While the focus of our efforts for this period will be on children, we are still offering adult immunizations by appointment, call 753-5150.

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

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 $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.

Ebola

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.

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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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