The risk of rabies in Tompkins County is real. There have been 6 confirmed rabid animals in Tompkins County during the first nine months of 2014. One of these rabid animals was a bat found inside a home. This is a reminder that even indoors, people and pets are at risk of contracting rabies from bats.
New York State Public Health Law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Failure to vaccinate may result in the loss of your pet! Protect your pet. Protect your family. Clinic Dates and full press release »
The Peace of Mind (POM) Community Partnership renewed its campaign to promote sexual health and to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) as a result of the increase in syphilis cases this past spring in the Central New York (CNY) region including Tompkins County.
Members of the partnership include the Tompkins County Health Department, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Gannett Health Services at Cornell University, Hammond Health Center at Ithaca College, Southern Tier AIDS Program, and health services at TC3. Full Press Release » POM Website
Tobacco Free Tompkins is teaming up with new partners in its ongoing effort to denormalize tobacco use and curb youth exposure to tobacco. In a new round of state funding that began July 1, 2014, the youth action program Reality Check (RC) will be returning to the county after a five year absence. Tobacco Free Tompkins is Tompkins County’s community-focused tobacco control program. Full Release »
The Tompkins County Health Department urges residents to avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting for laboratory testing any bat found in their home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. There have been two confirmed rabid bats in Tompkins County in 2014. Full Release & Links »
The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) is seeking applications to fill a physician vacancy. Applicant physicians must be licensed to practice medicine in New York State and a resident of Tompkins County. Deadline for applications is September 5, 2014. (Full release. Download application.)
The Legislature joined the Tompkins County Board of Health in expressing support of ending the sale of tobacco products in all pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy department. The vote was 12-2, with Legislators Dan Klein and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no. Calling tobacco products “highly addictive” and responsible for the preventable death of thousands of people in the state each year, the resolution approved by the Legislature maintains that sale of such harmful products by pharmacies and providers of health care represents a conflict of interest. News Item » Resolution text (BOH) and references »
Tompkins County Health Department is reporting an increase in early syphilis cases since the beginning of 2014 in the Central New York (CNY) fourteen county region which includes Tompkins County. In the first four months of 2014 there have been approximately 30 cases in CNY, five of them in Tompkins County. Full release »
The TC Health Department continues to offer flu vaccinations for children and adults by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30–4:30. Please call (607) 274-6616.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin on Wednesday released health rankings for most counties in the U.S., and Tompkins County was ranked the second healthiest county in New York State. Full press release »
The CHA is a profile of the current health of Tompkins County residents. The CHIP identifies two priorities for community focus based on community input and data analysis. Go to: Press Release | CHA & CHIP.
The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Vaccinations are available by appointment at the Health Department, 55 Brown Rd., across from the airport. Call (607) 274-6616 during business hours.
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