FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Health Department Schedules Three Flu Clinics; First Set for September 16

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 5, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

Health Department Schedules Three Flu Clinics; First Set for September 16

Brewster, NY—Skilled and experienced nurses at the Putnam County Department of Health are ready to administer countless flu vaccinations this season at 3 fall flu clinics. Getting vaccinated as early as possible has advantages since it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop and provide protection. The first flu vaccination clinic is Monday, September 16 from 2 to 6:30 pm at the Carmel Fire Department, Route 52 and Vink Drive in Carmel. A second clinic will be held at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, on Wednesday, October 9 from 2 to 6:30pm; a third is scheduled at the Carmel Fire Department on Monday, October 21, again from 2 to 6:30pm.

The clinic is open to all Putnam County residents 18 years of age and older. The fee for flu vaccine is $25 for residents under 60 years of age. Those 60 years and older, or with a Medicare card, can receive the vaccine free of charge. High-dose flu vaccine is being offered for seniors, aged 65 years and older (as studies show this vaccine is more effective for this population). Pneumonia vaccine will also be available free for residents 65 years and older. Younger residents, who are smokers or have a history of asthma, are at risk for pneumonia and should be vaccinated, will be charged a $75 fee. Proof of residency (driver’s license) is required.

Appointments are not necessary, but a signed consent form is required. Forms are available online at the Putnam County website. In order to streamline the onsite process, people are encouraged to download the forms, complete them and bring them to the clinic. Forms will also be available at the clinic if needed.

Flu vaccination will also be offered by the Health Department in all school districts this fall for students and staff. Check your school calendar or the school nurse for details. The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, made up of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.putnamcountyny.gov/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Mercy College and Putnam County Partner to Form Leadership Alliance

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Dobbs Ferry, NY (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

Mercy College and Putnam County, NY have partnered to form The Leadership Alliance, which provides educational programs for Putnam County leaders. The Leadership Alliance is open to leaders in county government, municipal departments, school districts and private businesses, and will be taught by former leaders from the private and public sectors who are now professors at Mercy College.    

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, and Mercy College School of Business Dean Dr. Ed Weis, will host a kick-off reception and press conference on Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, NY where details of the program will be announced.

The Leadership Alliance will get underway with two programs. First, Mercy College will offer a 12-month program, starting in October 2013, where students will earn a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership focused on Emergency Management and Security. As part of the program Mercy College professors will assist Putnam County leaders in developing the County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP). The MJHMP will identify risk, develop mitigation plans, preparedness plans and response plans.

Second, in January 2014, Mercy College will begin offering a Certificate Program in Corporate and Homeland Security to Putnam County community leaders. The program will provide 15 undergraduate credits toward a bachelor’s degree. The Certificate Program will run concurrently with the master’s degree program and will also be integrated with the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Dr. Weis says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for leaders in Putnam County to collaborate with our faculty of former business and community leaders to tackle some of the county’s challenging issues.”

Odell says, “My administration is looking to the future. This public-private partnership with Mercy College is an unprecedented opportunity. As I promised, we are bringing higher education to Putnam County. We are excited about the high level of interest expressed so far in these programs. In this day in age, disaster preparedness skills are essential. The training being offered will insure we have a critically trained team of first responders in place. We are thrilled to be able to offer an in-house means for Putnam County leaders to further educate themselves within our borders.”

Courses will begin on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Putnam County Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in Carmel.

About Mercy College

Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. http://www.mercy.edu 877-MERCY-GO .

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Breast Milk Offers Numerous Benefits; PCDOH and NYSDOH Team Up to Increase Breastfeeding Rates

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
Phone# (845)-808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: Monday, August 19, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

Breast Milk Offers Numerous Benefits;
PCDOH and NYSDOH Team Up to Increase Breastfeeding Rates

Brewster, NY— World Breastfeeding Month ends on August 31, bringing to conclusion a month of advocacy in support of this practice as old as humankind itself. However, the value of breastfeeding extends beyond any particular calendar date. Infants always benefit from the superior nutrition of breast milk over formula and the Putnam County Department of Health joins the New York State Department of Health and other national health organizations in efforts to increase rates of continued breastfeeding.

“Physicians and researchers recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health, “and so do the New York State Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization.” For babies, the health benefits are well known—protection against infections and disease; lower asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity rates; and even higher IQs. For mothers, the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis are all reduced. “Sounds like it’s a good idea for everyone,” Dr. Beals continues. Exceptions do exist, as in the case of HIV positive women who may transfer the virus in their milk.

To assist Putnam County mothers, the PCDOH offers both in-home breastfeeding support
and education, and free breastfeeding support groups that meet twice a month. All new mothers and newborns, preemies and multiples who are Putnam County residents are eligible for home visits. The bi-monthly support groups meet from 10 am to noon, on the second Wednesday and third Thursday of the month. The Wednesday group is held at the Cornerstone Park Building, 1 Fair Street, and the Thursday group is at the Health Department office, 1 Geneva Road.
A Certified Lactation Counselor is available at each session to provide information and support. No registration necessary—Drop-ins welcome. For more information on either program, call Rebecca, Jean or Diane at 808-1390, x 43150.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, made up of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.putnamcountyny.gov/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Putnam County Department of Health Reminds Families to Make Sure That Children Get Required Vaccinations Before They Go Back To School

DEPARTMENT   OF   HEALTH
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
Phone # (845) 808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 16, 2013
Contact:  Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

Putnam County Department of Health Reminds Families to Make Sure That Children Get Required Vaccinations Before They Go Back To School

          Brewster – It’s getting close to back-to-school time!  That means it’s time to start thinking…are my child’s shots up to date? Parents are preparing young children for the start of school, students are leaving for college and flu season is approaching. The Putnam County Department of Health is reminding parents that all children must receive certain vaccinations before they begin or return to school or day care this fall, depending on their age and school year.

          “Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to prevent childhood disease,” said Allen Beals, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of Health. Childhood vaccinations required for school entry protect against potentially life-threatening diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, pertussis (whooping cough) and chicken pox. Teens and college-bound students have other health concerns, including meningitis and cervical cancer for which vaccines offer protection.

          Children in day care, pre-K or kindergarten through 12th grade who do not meet the immunization requirements will not be permitted to attend school. The complete list of required immunizations is available on our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov/health  or by calling the Putnam County Department of Health’s Immunization Program at (845) 808-1332. 

          If you have not yet done so, check with your pediatrician about vaccines your child may need and make an appointment as soon as possible.  Children up to 19 years of age can receive the required vaccinations free of charge at the Health Department’s clinics if they meet eligibility requirements. Vaccinations are also available to others for a fee. Call (845) 808-1332 for dates, times and location of clinics.  

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health is to improve and protect the health of our community. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, PCDOH Announces Three Flu Clinic Dates for Fall

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 Geneva Road
Brewster, New York 10509
845-808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: Monday, August 5, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
PCDOH Announces Three Flu Clinic Dates for Fall

Brewster, NY— August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and this year’s theme is promoting immunization across the lifespan. August is also not too early to make plans for your fall flu shot. The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has announced three fall dates for its adult influenza (flu) clinics and will be offering school-based clinics in all Putnam County school districts for students and staff this upcoming flu season.

“Immunization is important from infancy,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health. “Many childhood illnesses that once posed serious risks have been eliminated through vaccination, and children as young as six months should get a flu vaccine,” Dr. Beals continues.

Babies should begin receiving their immunizations at birth and can be fully protected against 14-vaccine preventable diseases by age six. Pregnant women and caregivers should further ensure their children’s health by protecting themselves with appropriate vaccination. Teens and young adults heading off to school or college have other specific health concerns including meningitis and cervical cancer for which vaccines offer safeguards; and for older adults a vaccine against shingles is recommended. Influenza immunization is also important for anyone over six months of age, and flu season can start as early as October.

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“Since the flu vaccine takes about two weeks to provide its full protective effect,” explains Dr. Beals, “we recommend getting it in early September or October.”

The PCDOH flu clinics dates are: Monday, Sept. 16 at the Carmel Fire Department; Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Garrison Fire Department, and Monday, Oct .21 at Carmel Fire Department. The clinic hours for each location are 2 to 6:30pm. (Dates and times may be subject to change. Check the PCDOH website and social media sites, or the check the “Flu Hotline” at 845-808-1390, option 1, for any updates.) For information about school-based clinics, parents should check the school calendar or contact their school nurse.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

For a complete list of required immunizations, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Odell Chosen to Chair Regional Transportation Council

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell was chosen to head the Mid-Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee (MHSTCC) during their July 24th Executive Committee Meeting held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.  She succeeds Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as chairperson.

The mission of the of the MHSTCC is to provide the most reliable and affordable transportation while using best practices to utilize and leverage all available resources in order to minimize cost and maximize efficiency and to encourage those who live, work, shop and visit the region to use public transportation.

“I am honored to have been chosen to chair the committee,” said Odell. “I am pleased that my fellow committee members have such confidence in my abilities and I welcome the potential opportunity to initiate or accommodate similar activities such as we have implemented in Putnam at a larger regional level,” Odell said. “As chairperson, I will seek initiatives to move our region forward by means of improved highway and transit facilities in order to assist the people who visit or commute in and out of this sector.”  

072513 MHSTCC members

From L to R: Mark Albrecht, Deputy Director of Grant Management for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Thomas Vanderbeck, Commissioner of Planning for Rockland County, Bill Gordon, Acting Regional Director for NYS Dept. of Transportation, Kevin Plunkett, Westchester County Deputy County Executive, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Michael Shamma, Acting Chief Engineer for the NYS Thruway Authority.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PCDOH Announces Expanded Services to Screen for Hepatitis C

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
845-808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

PCDOH Announces Expanded Services to Screen for Hepatitis C

Brewster, NY—Hepatitis C, a blood infection that causes liver disease, is on the rise, both in Putnam County and around the country. Today an estimated 4 million Americans are living with chronic Hep C. In order to screen for this potentially serious illness, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has expanded its services. A rapid screening test can be performed in the health department offices in approximately 20 minutes. Positive tests are then referred for confirmatory testing and treatment, which includes new, more effective medications.
“We recommend that all residents born between 1945 and 1965 be tested once, even without any other risk factors,” explains Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health. “Concern stems from the silent nature of the disease, since most people infected with the Hep C virus have no symptoms,” Dr. Beals continues. In fact, 75 percent of infected individuals are unaware of their status. These broad screening guidelines are endorsed by the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
Each year approximately 17,000 new Hep C cases are diagnosed, while an estimated 15,000 die from the disease which can result in serious liver complications, such as cirrhosis or -more-
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scarring, and cancer. Hepatitis C infection is the leading reason for liver transplantation in the U.S., and is expected to result in healthcare costs topping $80 billion in the next ten years.
For further information on Hep C, or to schedule an appointment for screening, please call 808-1390, extension 43114.
The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.