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.
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»
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 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. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.
Pre-Teens Need Vaccines 2!
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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.
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