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Board of Health Combines Nov. & Dec. Meetings

THE NEXT meeting of the Tompkins County Board of Health will be Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The departure from the regular fourth-Tuesday schedule has been followed over the last few years to accommodate anticipated conflicts due to the upcoming the holiday season. The Board of Health meets at 12:00 noon in the Rice Conference Room, first floor of the Tompkins County Health Department offices at 55 Brown Rd., Ithaca. Meeting agendas, minutes, and complete packets can be accessed through the BOH webpage on this site.

Flu Vaccinations Available at the TC Health Department

Cover your sneezeNOW 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.

Appointments are necessary for all Health Department flu vaccination clinics. Call 607-274-6616. For more information, visit the seasonal flu page.

Updated School Immunization Regulations for 2016-2017 School Year are in effect.

Rabies Awareness

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 next vaccination clinic will be at the SPCA in January 2017, with clinics at sites throughtout the county in the spring. Click here for the full press release. Click here for more information about free clinics for pets.

Continued Water Conservation Needed Despite Recent Rain

Drought map for NYSThe 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

Water Conservation Advisory for Tompkins County

As a result of the prolonged period of low rainfall over the summer, the New York State Department of Conservation 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 experienced severe drought conditions.

Fall Creek and Six Mile Creek, which supply drinking water to Cornell University and the City of Ithaca, were at record low levels through much of the summer. USGS data showed groundwater levels were lower than normal dropped steadily before fall precipitation came. Residents are urged to continue taking measures to conserve water. Full press release | Drought info and updates.

Increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections

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

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.

for more information.

Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV

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.

Vaccines Save Lives

Flu vaccinations: Everyone, Every Year!

The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.

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