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Do You Have Questions about HPV or the HPV Vaccine?

Join the Tompkins County Health Department and the Ithaca College Department of Health Promotion & Physical Education as they co-sponsor a screening of the documentary, “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic.” The film follows five women with cervical cancer, their struggles, and their triumphs.

The event will take place Wednesday, April 29th from 7–9 p.m. at Cinemapolis. Dr. Vivian Lorenzo, Director of the Ithaca College Hammond Health Center, will be available to take questions following the film.

About 80% of all sexually active people will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives, and the time is now to start educating ourselves. ​ This event is free and open to the public.
Download a poster for the event
(PDF, 1.8MB).

The Campaign to ImmuNYze all New Yorkers is an initiative of the County Health Officials of New York (NYSACHO), bringing together patients, parents, providers and campaign partners. Our goal: to heighten awareness of the need to immunize throughout life — from infancy through senior years — by offering reliable, science-based information on vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.

For more information, visit the Campaign to ImmuNYze web site, or the TCHD Immunizations web page.

Vaccines Save Lives

The current measles outbreak that began in California highlights a problem that continues to grow in the United States — parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. Before the vaccination program started in 1963, the CDC estimates that about 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the U.S. Of those, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles.
Read the full Viewpoint by Public Health Director Frank Kruppa »

Measles Factsheet »

Joint Statement on Ebola Preparations in Tompkins County

In Tompkins County, a coalition of healthcare, academic and first responders is actively developing strategies to respond in the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in Tompkins County.

To date, no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Tompkins County or the State of New York.

This coalition has been engaged in collaborative planning since August and includes the Tompkins County Health Department, Cayuga Medical Center, local health care providers, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response, and first responders. FULL STATEMENT»

NYSDOH Flu Button Flu vaccinations: Everyone, Every Year!

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

 Mission, Vision, Values

The Tompkins County Health Department provides numerous programs and services for Tompkins County residents. Browse this site to discover the full array of services available.

Our Mission:
"To strive to achieve a healthy community by protecting and promoting public health through education, training, advocacy, and the provision of services."

Our Vision:
"Your Partner for a Healthy Community."

Our Values:
"We engage our community with compassion and respect.

"We value diversity, transparency, and fairness.

"We work collaboratively with integrity and competence."


NOTICEThe Tompkins County Health Department makes every effort to post accurate and reliable information. However, it does not guarantee or warrant that the information on this website is complete, accurate, or up-to-date. Tompkins County shall not be liable under any circumstances for any claims or damages arising directly or indirectly from information presented therein. Please contact the program area by phone or the receptionist at 274-6600 for more information.

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