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

View the Opioid Overdose
Prevention Training Video


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Vital Records Office Moving:

The Vital Records Office is MOVING to a NEW LOCATION. Effective Monday, March 19, we will be located at the Ames Building, 740 East Henrietta Rd, at the intersection of E. Henrietta and Crittenden Rds (near Rt 390 and the MCC Campus). Free parking available. Click here for an interactive map.



Flu continues to circulate at very high levels. Getting an annual vaccination is the single best way to prevent contracting flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated. The very young and the very old are at greatest risk. See your doctor, visit a pharmacy, a public clinic, or visit us at the Health Department on Wednesdays from Noon- 6 pm; no appointment is needed. You may also schedule an appointment by calling 753-5150. Protect yourself and your family, get a flu shot!

Key Flu Facts from CDC

Current Flu Surveillance
NYSDOH Health Care Provider Information

Flu Clinics


Wind Chill Index

Picture of young boy out in snow with scarf blowing.

During the winter months in Rochester, the combined effect of wind and temperature—known as the Wind Chill Index—can at times be very dangerous. We have posted links below to several credible Web sites with charts and other useful information on this subject, and a letter to Monroe County School Superintendents.



Opioid Overdose Prevention Training     (Narcan/Naloxone)

The Monroe County Department of Public Health provides Opioid Overdose Prevention Training, typically on the fourth Wednesday of the month, both in the morning and evening. Training is open to all who are interested and there is no cost.

Training occurs at the Health Department, 111 Westfall Rd, Room 142 (enter from rear of building facing canal/Rt 390).
Next training date: Wednesday, March 28. Please register no later than Friday, March 23.
Times: 9 - 10 a.m. or  5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (you only have to attend one session).

Participants will learn how to administer the new single step Narcan (Naloxone) and also how to utilize Naloxone standing orders in pharmacies. A prevention kit will be provided to all participants.

Click here to register by e-mail (write 'Opioid Training' in subject line) or call 585 753-2989.  Space availability will be determined at time of registration.


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

Spanish Back to School Flyer
Health Department Immunization Form (print, complete, and bring to clinic)


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:

  • Carter St Rec Center, Schedule Coming!
  • Flint St Rec Center, 271 Flint St, March 22, 6-830 pm
  • Avenue D Recreation Center, 200 Avenue D, April 11 and 16, 6-8 pm
  • #17 School Recreation Center, 158 Orchard St, Schedule Coming!
  • Roxie Ann Sinkler Rec Center, 75 Grover St, Schedule Coming!
  • Thomas P. Ryan Recreation Center, 530 Webster Ave, Schedule Coming!
  • Health Department, 111 Westfall Rd, Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm

Phone: 585 753 5481


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


West Nile Virus

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.


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


Blue Green Algae

Blue Green Algae has begun to appear in waterbodies throughout New York State. Certain types can be harmful to people and pets. Avoid It! Report It! Click here for more information.


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.

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.



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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 possible Zika virus exposure.

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 continues to monitor 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 March, 2018). NOTE: NEW GUIDANCE for Health Care Providers below!

Basic Zika Information
2018 DOH Zika Update for Clinicians (new procedure for ordering Zika tests)
Travel Guidance To Avoid Zika
How to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Around Your Home

Pictures of Common Mosquito Breeding Locations



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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