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Get Your Flu Shot Today!

Flu cases have been confirmed in Ontario County and flu is on the rise. Residents over 6 months of age should be vaccinated against flu every year. Getting vaccinated against the flu now, will help your body build immunity prior to holiday travel.

Symptoms of the flu usually occur suddenly and may include headache, fever, chills, body and muscle aches, severe fatigue, congestion and cough. If you have these symptoms, stay home. Antiviral medications may shorten the length of illness and severity of symptoms.  Residents with illnesses compatible with influenza should contact their healthcare providers.

Don't forget to wash your hands frequently and eat healthy this holiday season.

(Updated 11/29/2017)

Need Help Paying for Winter Heating Costs?

Home Energy Assistance Program or HEAP is available!

Please see the income guidelines below. 

Don't be left out in the cold, call 1-800-342-3009 today!

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School Bus Safety

When the red lights are flashing, you MUST stop!

School bus safety

If you are approaching a school bus and the yellow lights are flashing, the bus is preparing to stop. When the red lights are flashing on the bus, YOU MUST STOP.  It's the law! 

This includes school buses that are:

  • on the opposite sides of divided highways
  • on multiple lane roadways
  • in parking lots
  • on school grounds

Parents, take a moment to remind kids of school bus safety and behavior rules. Remind them of the danger areas around school buses where the driver can't see them. Teach kids to:

  • wait for the school bus, at the bus stop, and stand well back from the curb 
  • have eye contact with the driver, and wait for the driver to signal them before they cross in front of the bus 
  • NEVER go back for anything you have left on the bus
  • NEVER bend down near or under the bus

A child's bad behavior can distract the school driver. Please remind your children to: 

  • listen to the bus driver
  • pay attention during safety demonstrations 
  • sit quietly in their seat on the bus
  • do not jump up and down, fight or tease other passengers on the bus 

Parent's please note that according to New York State law, any child under 4 years of age, must be in a federally approved child safety seat, even if the child is riding in a school bus.  See section 1229-c. (11) of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law.

Looking for more information: Click here

Visit the School Bus & School Zone Kids Safety page: Click here

(Updated August 15, 2017)

Learn To Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

Watch the video below. 

(Updated 8/21/2017)

Support, Promote & Protect Breastfeeding

Please check out our new silent movie!

(Updated 7/31/2017)









Ticks bugging you?

Take a moment to watch our videos on tick bite prevention and how to remove a tick. 

Click the play buttons below.

(Updated 7/21/2017)

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The Sex Drive Wraps up Year Two

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Year two of The Sex Drive sped by at lightening speed. Click here to see a summary of all ten weeks and to print a PDF booklet. The Sex Drive, an initiative of the Finger Lakes Sexual Health Coalition, encourages parents to talk to their kids about body image, relationships and sex while in the car together. The audience is captive, the conversation is short and nobody has to make eye contact!  
Water

Water and Lead


Testing


The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available. 
Click here for more information about free lead testing for water

Common Questions


How does lead get into the water we drink? 
Inmost cases, lead in drinking water does not come from the source itself but from a plumbing system such as water fixtures, pipes and solder. Water in the plumbing system can dissolve lead from fixtures, pipes and solder. This is called leaching. Soft, corrosive or acidic (low pH) water is more likely to cause leaching. Water left standing in plumbing systems over a long period of time also increases leaching. The longer the water stands in the pipes, the greater the possibility of lead being dissolved into the water.

What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water? 

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l only in your “first-draw-sample”, then the source of lead in your drinking water is likely from the fixture. 

You should:

  1. Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for at least 30 seconds or until water is cold to the touch or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the fixture.
  2. Use only cold tap water for cooking, drinking or making a baby's formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water.  DO NOT USE WATER FROM THE HOT WATER TAP TO MAKE BABY FORMULA.
  3. Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
  4. Replace your plumbing fixtures if they are found to contain lead. Plumbing materials, including pipes, new brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law allows plumbing products (such as pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures) with a weighted average of the lead content of wet surfaces of up to 0.25% lead to be considered “lead free.”

If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l in both first-draw and flush samples, your home may be served by a lead service line and/or plumbing materials in your home may contain lead. Refer to the step 4 above.

Also, consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality. Any measure you take to reduce your exposure to lead should be continued until the lead source(s) has been minimized or eliminated.

Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health
Click here

Lead Poisoning Prevention
Click here

Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction
Click here

Updated: 2/21/2017

Blood Pressure


It's All about Control


In Ontario County, 3 out of 10 people with high blood pressure do not have it under control.
Check out this quick video for ideas to decrease your blood pressure.  It just might save your life!
Unused Medication Drop Box Locations Can Be Found Here!

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2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP)

In 2016, Ontario County Public Health (OCPH) worked with area hospitals, S2AY Rural Health Network and other community leaders to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Through this effort, three priorities areas were identified.

  • Priority 1: Prevent chronic diseases (including hypertension) by  reducing the rates of obesity and tobacco use.
  • Priority 2: Increase access to preventative healthcare.
  • Priority 3: Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse.
Click on the picture below to read the 2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP).
Updated 12/1/2016

Zika Virus


Zika is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito in countries where the virus is prevalent in the mosquito population. It can also be shared during sex by men who are infected with the virus. Unborn babies are at risk for birth defects if their moms get Zika during pregnancy. Read more.



Resources for Providers


To order testing for Ontario County residents, call  585-396-4343 and ask for the Communicable Disease Coordinator.    

Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site 


 
For the latest updates on the former Geneva Foundry site, visit:                  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
Click here 
 
Register for news and updates from the Department of Environmental Conservation,  Division of Environmental Remediation
Click here 
 
Do you have specific site related health questions? 
Contact:
     Anthony Perretta
     NYSDOH-BEFI
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237
     1-518-402-7860
     BEFI@health.ny.ny.gov

Updated 11/23/2016