Public Health

Contact Information

Michael D. Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS
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

Key Phone Numbers


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Lyme Disease

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


Lead Testing for Residential Drinking Water

New York State has begun a pilot program for residents to have the drinking water in their home tested for lead at no cost. While public water supplies are routinely tested, there is no way for a homeowner to easily know if any of the plumbing fixtures in their home might be leaching lead into the water. Private wells are not routinely tested, so having such information is perhaps even more useful. This program will operate until the pilot funds are exhausted. Click here to learn more about this new program.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing

The Monroe County Department of Public Health provides confidential STD testing both at our clinic located in Bullshead Plaza, 855 West Main St., and at some community locations jointly with the City of Rochester. We provide education about STDs and HIV and talk with you about ways to reduce risky sexual behavior and promote healthier choices.

Your confidentiality is protected by public health laws. Everything you tell us is completely confidential.

No Appointment is needed at our Bullshead Site:

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Community Sites:

  • Roxie Ann Sinkler Rec Center, 75 Grover St, Schedule Coming Soon
  • Carter St Rec Center, 500 Carter St, Schedule Soon
  • Ave D Rec Center, 200 Ave D, Schedule Soon
  • Health Department, 111 Westfall Rd, Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm

Phone: 585 753 5481


Working Together: 

Monroe County Partnering to End the Epidemic (MCPEtE) is a community initiative that aligns with Governor Cuomo's End the Epidemic Blueprint Recommendations. There are a number of community partners including clinical providers and non-clinical agencies and consumers working together to address the multifaceted needs of the HIV/AIDs community.

The MCPEtE initiative addresses a number of issues including promotion of HIV testing, linking people to care, helping people stay in care, transportation, prevention services, disparities in health care, housing, mental health and addiction services, as well as embracing research in the areas of treatment, prevention and solutions to barriers.

In addition to our Department, the partners include:

New York State Department of Health Aids Institute    

Action for a Better Community  

Catholic Charities Community Services    

Center for Aids Research (URMC)    

Huther Doyle    

Jordan Health   

National Center for Deaf Health Research (URMC)    

Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Victory Alliance (URMC)    

Strong Memorial Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic

Trillium Health    

Unity Infectious Disease    

Women’s Initiative Supporting Health (URMC)

An exciting and related new initiative has just launched to promote free and confidential HIV testing in NY. Materials are available in both English and Spanish. A feature of the program enables people to insert a zip code to find the nearest testing site. Click here to learn more about this exciting new project. Click on the multiple "circles" on left side of page to see other useful information.


Preteens and Adolescents

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. We have clinic hours on:

  • Tuesdays, BY APPT ONLY, Call for availability
  • Wednesdays, NO APPT NEEDED, from Noon - 6 pm
  • Thursdays, BY APPT ONLY, Call for availability

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 also available; call 753-5150. You can e-mail us at to ask general questions, but not to schedule an appointment.

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



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Zika Virus is primarily spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no risk of Zika in Monroe County at this time. The public will be alerted if this situation changes. We are working closely with the local medical community to assure that appropriate testing occurs in people with symptoms who have traveled to a Zika affected area. Additionally, while all of the exisitng research suggests that the species of mosquitoes that can transmit Zika do not circulate here, we have purchased mosquito traps and will be rotating them throughout Monroe County to verify that the Zika mosquito indeed does not thrive here.

The New York State Department of Health has established a toll-free information line, open Monday - Friday, from 9 am - 6 pm, for questions on Zika: Call 1.888.364.4723. Below are links to credible sources of information on: Zika, travel recommendations to avoid Zika, and methods to reduce mosquito populations (of all types) in and around your home. The CDC is monitoring this matter very closely and regularly updates its travel restrictions and recommendations, which are particularly important for pregnant women, or women trying to become pregnant. (Updated 5/27/2016).

Basic Zika Information
Travel Guidance To Avoid Zika
How to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Around Your Home

Pictures of Common Mosquito Breeding Locations



Syphilis cases have increased significantly over the past 6 months in Monroe County. It is important for health care providers to screen and test for syphilis and other STDs, treat promptly, encourage cooperation to identify at-risk contacts, and immediately report to Health Department. See attached documents and web site for further information.

MCDPH Syphilis Alert - June 2016
Syphils Risk Assessment Tool

CDC Syphilis Web Site


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.



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.


Diabetes Resource Guide - Greater Rochester

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


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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