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TOMPKINS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 2–8, 2018

If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, now’s the time! The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses.

The flu can make even healthy people very sick. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and death.

Tompkins County often experiences a peak of flu illness during January and February when holiday travelers return to the area. The sooner you get vaccinated, the more likely you are to be protected against flu. The season can last as late as May

It’s not too late to get vaccinated! Opportunities for flu vaccination include health care provider offices, pharmacies, and the Tompkins County Health Department.

TCHD is providing flu vaccinations by appointment at its location at 55 Brown Road. Appointments are necessary for all individuals and can be made by calling the Health Department at 607-274-6616. Click here for the full press release.


Opioid Resource

Opioid Resource graphic logoA NEW Opioid Resource page has been posted to the TCHD website. The intent is for this page to be a portal for information and services related to the opioid crisis within Tompkins County. The page is evolving, and comments related to its content are welcomed.

To visit the page, click here.


Rabies Alert – Catch the Bat!

In 2018, three bats were confirmed rabid in Tompkins County. Rabies is largely transmitted through bites from rabid animals. Bats present an additional concern, because in certain situations a bite may not be readily apparent. August is the time when juvenile bats begin to leave the nest and become independent, often losing their way to or from the nest when hunting for food. Avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting for laboratory testing any bat found in their home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. Read full press release here.


HIV: PrEP to Help End the Epidemic

Did you know that there is a pill/medication that can be taken daily to lower one’s risk of HIV infection? The medication is called PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis. Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Learn more right now. Click here for the full press release.


Health Department Reminds Public to Avoid Interaction with Wildlife

Graphic -- Help Fight RabiesA bat, a woodchuck, and two foxes captured in Tompkins County were determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory during the month of May. Rabies is normally transmitted by the bite of a wild or domestic rabid mammal. Exposures can also occur if saliva from a rabid animal enters the body through a wound that bled within 24 hours prior to the exposure, through an older wound showing signs of an infection, or through contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. Read the full press release for additional information, links, and precautions.


 

Well Water Assistance Available to Tompkins Residents

Tompkins County residents in need of a new well or rehabilitation of an existing well are encouraged to apply for low-interest loans through the Water Well Trust, a non-profit organization based in North Carolina that is dedicated to ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water.

Applications from Tompkins County are being accepted until September 30, 2018. Priority is given to owner-occupied households where health risks are imminent, to those with minorities, elderly, children, or to disabled persons, including disabled veterans. More information and the application can be found at WaterWellTrust.org/how-to-apply. (Full press release.)


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.


Talk-Test-Treat!

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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