Public Health

Contact Information

Michael D. Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS

Commissioner of Public 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

Contact Us

 

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. Click here for an interactive map.


 

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.



Opioid 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).



 

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



 

 



     

    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 immclinic@monroecounty.gov to ask general questions, but not to schedule an appointment.

    NYS Required School Immunizations
    Back to School Immunization Flyer-Coming Soon!
    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.

    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
     

    Community Sites:

    • Carter St Rec Center, 500 Carter St, Aug 14, 6-8 p.m.
    • Flint St Rec Center, 271 Flint St, Aug 2, Oct 4 and Oct 9, 6-8 pm
    • Avenue D Recreation Center, 200 Avenue, Coming soon!
    • #17 School Recreation Center, 158 Orchard St, Coming soon!
    • Roxie Ann Sinkler Rec Center, 75 Grover St, Coming soon!
    • Edgerton Rec Center, 41 Backus St, Sept 19 and Sept 26, 6-8 p.m.
    • Campbell St Rec Center, 524 Campbell St, Oct 16 and oct 23, 6-8 p.m.
    • Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave,  Sept 17, and Oct 15, 2-6 p.m.
    • Thomas P. Ryan Recreation Center, 530 Webster Ave, Coming soon!
    • Gantt Rec Center, 700 North St, Sept 12 and Oct 29, 6-8 p.m.
    • Frederick Douglas Rec Center, 999 South Ave, Coming Soon!
    • Health Department, 111 Westfall Rd, Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m.


     

    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.


     

        

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    Zika

    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.



     

    Flu

    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 InformationFlu Clinics



    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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