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World AIDS Day Remembrance Event, Nov. 30

Although HIV/AIDS is no longer the crisis we once knew it to be, World AIDS Day (December 1) remains an important day to remember those lost to the epidemic, be thankful to those who have and continue to make a difference, and look forward to future progress!

In recognition, please join Planned Parenthood and Tompkins County Health Department in a FREE screening of: How to Survive a Plague. Thursday November 30th, 7:00 p.m. at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St., downtown Ithaca.

Information and resources on local HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in the lobby on local starting at 6:00. More info…

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Approximately 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled nationwide, affecting products manufactured from 1973 until 2017. Participants of the Healthy Neighborhoods Program in Tompkins County may have received one of these recalled fire extinguishers during a home visit. It is important to check your fire extinguisher and to call Kidde if you believe you have a recalled model. The Healthy Neighborhoods Program distributes about 300 fire extinguishers per year.

To determine if your fire extinguisher has been recalled, call Kidde directly at their toll-free number 855-271-0773 or online at and click “Product Safety Recall.” Full TCHD press release.

Flu Vaccinations Available at the Health Department

Now is the time to get a flu vaccination. Everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated every year against the flu. Protect yourself and your community from the flu and get vaccinated!

Flu vaccinations are available most Fridays at the Health Department, 55 Brown Road, Ithaca (by the airport and on the TCAT 32 bus line). Ages 19 and over only. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Health Department at (607) 274-6616.

Health Department Pilots a TCAT Bus Stop

The Health Department now has a bus stop outside its front doors. In partnership with TCAT, the Health Department is pleased to offer the public easier access to the services provided at TCHD. TCHD encourages the public to take the bus when coming to the Health Department. The bus stop is on TCAT Route 32. Click here to see the full schedule on the TCAT website. For full press release click here.

Mosquito Control and Habitat Reduction

Mosquitoes are considered a nuisance pest, but occasionally they can transmit viruses to people and some animals. To reduce the mosquito population around your home and property, reduce or eliminate all standing water. Also, to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, there are a number of steps you can take. Click here for more about habitat reduction and bite avoidance.

Tick-Borne Diseases — Take Steps To Prevent Them

New tick-borne diseases have been discovered in recent years with infections steadily increasing. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported. Most tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, can be successfully treated with antibiotics especially if treatment is started early. Preventing tick bites is your best defense against tick-borne diseases.

Do a daily full body tick check. Pay close attention to the back of the knees, behind the ears, scalp, arm pits, groin area and back. Check children and pets too. Remove a tick within 36 hours to decrease the chance of infection. Full press release. Click here to learn how to remove a tick.

Tompkins County Legislature votes to raise the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21, effective July 1.

By a 9–5 vote, the Tompkins County Legislature on May 2 passed a local law that raises the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. All products that are currently age restricted under the NYS Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA) are also in the new local law. This includes all tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and vaping products, and smoking paraphernalia.

The law goes into effect on July 1, 2017. Staff from the Tompkins County Health Department’s Health Promotion Program will provide educational outreach to retailers and the general public leading up to and after the effective date. Full press release. Text of the law (PFD). Click here for more info about T21.

Free Lead Testing Pilot Program:
$1.5 Million State Program to Test Residential Drinking Water

The NYSDOH is launching a pilot program to test for lead in drinking water. The free program is available to residents that are served by either a private well or public water system, allowing everyone to have access to lead testing. The program will continue as long as funds are available.

Residents who are interested having their tap water tested are encouraged to sign up on the NYSDOH website, or by calling the Bureau of Water Supply Protection at 518-402-7650. For more information about this program, read the full press release here. For more information about lead poisoning prevention, click here.

Rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections Seen in 2016

The Tompkins County Health Department reports an increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) locally. In 2016, 374 cases of Chlamydia were reported, a 9% increase from 2015; 81 Gonorrhea cases, a 47% increase from 2015; and 12 Syphilis cases, an alarming 200% increase from 2015.

Syphilis cases in Tompkins County have disproportionately affected males, and have ranged from 19 to 55 years of age. Many Syphilis cases have reported anonymous sexual encounters arranged through internet and mobile hook-up and dating apps, making it difficult or impossible to notify, educate and treat exposed partners.

Confidential, free or low-cost STI education, testing and treatment can easily be accessed at various locations throughout the county. For a complete list and contact information, please visit our website at, or call (607) 276-6604 for more information. Click for the 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!

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. 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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