Public Health

Contact Information

Byron S. Kennedy, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director

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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

Ebola

The Ebloa virus continues to spread in West Africa. An individual who had recently been in West Africa came to the United States, became ill with Ebola, and sadly, later died. Although a nurse who cared for the sick traveler contracted the virus, 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.

Enterovirus D68

Enteroviruses, which number more than 100, are responsible for 10-15 million respiratory illnesses each year in the US. D68 is seen less often than some of the others and tends to affect younger children who possess no prior immunity to it. D68 is now circulating in Monroe County as in other parts of the state and country. It begins with typical symptoms such as fever, runny nose, body ache, etc. Most children that get it will have a mild illness. Children with asthma tend to have a tougher time with it, but all have recovered. As there is no vaccine or specific medication, prevention is key! Wash hands, cover cough, disinfect surfaces, and staying home from school will reduce its spread. Numerous respiratory illnesses circulate in the Fall and Winter. D68 usually declines later in the Fall. Click here for more detailed information.

Flu

Protect Yourself. Protect Your Family. Get a flu shot! Click here for information.

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 3 years. Steps to prevent Lyme Disease include avoiding walking through tall grass where ticks are, 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 have to 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

Pet Rabies Clinics

Each Spring the Department of Public Health partners with the City, Towns and Villages in Monroe County to host pet rabies clinics. Click here for a list of upcoming clinics. For more information call 753 5171.

Vital Records Office Open Late on Wednesdays

The Monroe County Vital records Office is now open to 6:30 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. - 12:30 p.m. Click here for details on obtaining a birth or death certificate.

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 immclinic@monroecounty.gov.

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

 

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, beginning July 28 (from 8:30 am - 12:30 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.

 

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

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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
  • Empire State College - Saratoga Springs
  • Ithaca 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 Health Sciences 
  • SUNY Brockport Nursing
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Cortland
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Wells College

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: mchealth@monroecounty.gov.
 

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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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