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Lyme Disease: Take Steps to Prevent It

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.American Lyme Disease Foundation

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected deer tick. The time for greatest concern is late spring and early summer when nymphal ticks are active. In the nymphal stage, deer ticks are small (about the size of a poppy seed) and difficult to see. They live in shared, moist areas at ground level. They will also cling to tall grass, brush, and shrubs, at the edge of woods, and around old stone walls.

The tick must remain attached to someone for 36 hours or more for transmission to occur. Click here for more information about Lyme Disease, plus how to remove an attached tick.


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.

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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.

School Drinking Water

 The Tompkins County Health Department recommends that schools that choose to sample water in their buildings for lead, follow the guidance from the EPA. Guidance documents are posted here. It is important to read the first document thoroughly and to adhere to this guidance closely in order to achieve accurate results. We recommend that schools call the Health Department before proceeding with testing.

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Updated School Immunization Regulations for 2015-2016 School Year are in effect September 1

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 »

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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