The Tompkins County Health Department will be closed on Thursday, September 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for staff development. All department staff will participate. The Department’s answering service will receive phone calls. If there is an emergency, appropriate staff will be notified.
NOW is the time to get a flu vaccination. Flu vaccinations are available now at many locations in the community, including health care provider offices, pharmacies, and beginning Oct. 4, most days by appointment at the TC Health Department.
Everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated every year against the flu. Flu vaccination is the best protection against the flu — it protects you and limits the spread of flu to others.
The Health Department is also holding two special vaccination clinics this fall:
(1) At Lifelong, 119 W. Court St., on Tuesday, October 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(2) A special Family Flu Clinic on Friday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at TCHD, for children as young as 6 months to age 18, and adults. With school out October 21, it is a convenient time to vaccinate the whole family.
Appointments are necessary for all Health Department flu vaccination clinics. Call 607-274-6616. For more information Read the full press release or visit the seasonal flu page.
Rabies is a fatal neurologic disease that may be transmitted to humans from infected raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, dogs, cats and other mammals. There have been eight confirmed rabid animals in Tompkins County in 2016. Three of these cases involved encounters with family pets, one of which was with a rabid bat inside the home.
NYS Public Health Law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) provides FREE rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The first vaccination clinic for Fall 2016 is in Newfield on September 28. Clinics will also be held in Groton, Caroline, Trumansburg, and Ithaca. Click here for the full press release. Click here for more information about free clinics for pets.
The Tompkins County Health Department is reminding residents of the continued need for water conservation, despite the rain that’s been received in recent days.
Tompkins County is urging all residents, businesses and visitors to conserve water.
Drought Information Page.
Local creek (water supply) discharge measurements
As a result of the prolonged period of low rainfall, the New York State Department of Conservation has issued a drought “watch” for all of New York State. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes are experiencing severe drought conditions.
Fall Creek and Six Mile Creek, which supply drinking water to Cornell University and the City of Ithaca, are at record low levels. USGS data shows groundwater levels are lower than normal and steadily dropping. Residents are urged to take measures to conserve water, now. Full press release | Drought info and updates.
There was a local increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis for the first half of 2016, according to the TCHD. From January to June 2016, there have been 174 cases of Chlamydia, 22 cases of Gonorrhea and 6 cases of Syphilis. STI cases have occurred in both females and males ranging in age from 16 to 62 years. Many Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis cases have reported anonymous sexual encounters arranged through internet hook-ups and dating phone apps. As a result of the anonymous encounter, they may not be able to notify sex partners of exposure and risk further infection in the community. Full press release >
Three words that everyone who is sexually active should know, to protect your health and prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)!
1. Talk to your partner before you have sex.
2. Get Tested!
3. If you test positive for an STI, Get Treated
Want to learn more about STIs and the Talk-Test-Treat campaign? Click right here, right now!
Zika virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where Zika virus is found (Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America) and who has not already been infected with Zika virus is at risk for infection.
Zika virus has been in the news recently because of the possible link to microencephaly in infants whose mother was infected by the virus during pregnancy.
The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medicine taken daily that can be used to prevent getting HIV. PrEP is for people without HIV who are at very high risk for getting it from sex or injection drug use. Many people who can benefit from PrEP aren't taking it. If more health care providers know about and prescribe PrEP, more HIV infections could be prevented. Click here for more information.
The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.