Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The theme of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week this year, Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future, underscores the importance of testing your home and your children, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects. View the complete press release »
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Protect yourself and your community from the flu and get vaccinated! There are many opportunities for flu vaccination including health care provider offices, pharmacies, and the Tompkins County Health Department. Everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated every year against the flu. Read the full press release»
The New York State Department of Health announced amended vaccination regulations for children entering or attending school. According to the amended regulations, New York State school children will now be mandated to receive a complete series of all required vaccines – or be in the process of doing so – in order to attend classes. More info »
There has been a local increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia from January to July 2015. STI cases in both females and males have ranged in age from 18 to 55 years. Many 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. More info»
Avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment! TCHD urges residents to capture and submit 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 2015. Click here for more details.
Gardening, hiking, outside gatherings — it’s time to get outside and enjoy the season. It’s also time to take steps to prevent Lyme disease. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected deer tick that remains attached to the person for 36 hours or more. The time for greatest concern is late spring and early summer when nymphal ticks are active. These are small (about the size of a poppy seed) and difficult to see. Click here for the full press release. Click here for info about Lyme disease. Click here for a video about removing ticks.
The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.