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Public Health

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Michael D. Mendoza

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

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Information for Healthcare Providers

Information for the Public

NYS School Vaccination Requirements

As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:

  • public, private or parochial school (for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade)
  • child day care settings

View NYS DOH Statement on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption from School Vaccination Requirements

Non-Medical Vaccination Exemption FAQ 

Vaccination Requirements Applicable to All Students

Vital Records Office Moved

The Vital Records Office is now 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.

Google Maps/Directions to Vital Records

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

Special Clinic Hours:

Walk-ins welcome on Wednesdays from 11am - 6pm between 9/4/19 - 10/2/19

Extra walk-in hours from 11am - 6pm on Thursday between 9/12/19 - 9/19/19

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.


The Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has confirmed a total of 4 lab confirmed cases of measles in Monroe County and 3 cases that while not lab confirmed fit the clinical profile of measles - bringing to total number of cases to 7. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. 

A person is considered immune and is unlikely to get measles if they were born before January 1, 1957, or have received two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine or have a lab test confirming immunity. 

Those individuals lacking immunity or not sure if they have been vaccinated are at risk of developing measles. Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and/or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure but may take as long as 21 days. 

What can you do? 

  • Confirm that your child has received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of measles (described below) 
  • If your child becomes ill, they should not go to school and you should seek appropriate medical care: 
    • Notify the Monroe County Department of Public Health at (585) 753-5164 
    • Notify the school of your child’s illness 
    • Call your primary care provider or emergency department before seeking care to avoid exposing others to illness. 

Symptoms of measles generally appear in two stages. 
In the first stage, which lasts two to four days, the individual may have a runny nose, cough and a slight fever. Eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the fever gradually rises each day, often peaking as high as 103° to 105° F. Small bluish white spots surrounded by a reddish area may also appear on the inside of the mouth. 

The second stage begins on the third to seventh day and consists of a red blotchy rash lasting five to six days. The rash usually begins on the face and then spreads downward and outward, reaching the hands and feet. The rash fades in the same order that it appeared, from head to extremities. A person can spread measles from 4 days before the onset of rash through 4 days after the rash begins. Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age. 

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. Individuals are recommended to receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine to be protected. 

For more information about measles, please visit 

Picture of Narcan sprayOpioid Resources

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 (you only have to attend one session). Training is open to all who are interested and there is no cost.

Participants will learn how to administer the new single step Narcan (Naloxone).  A prevention kit will be provided to all participants. Space availability will be determined at time of registration.

Training occurs at the Health Department, 111 Westfall Rd, Room 142 (enter from rear of building facing canal/Rt 390).

Picture of tick on fingerLyme 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.

Picture of mosquitoWest 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.

Picture of Flu vaccination being givenFlu Information

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!

Picture of young boy out in snow with scarf blowing.Wind Chill Index

During the winter months in Rochester, the combined effect of wind and temperature—known as the Wind Chill Index (WCI)—can be very dangerous. Learn more by following the links below:

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.

Appointments not needed at clinic or Community Sites:

  • 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.

Phone: 585 753-5481

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.

Picture of mosquitoZika

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!

Picture of woman searching Internet for health information.Diabetes Resource Guide - Greater Rochester

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

Online Health Information

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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