Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigen Solutions: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice

Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigen Solutions: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice

In HAN 345 (http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00345.asp), April 2013, CDC reported that TUBERSOL®, a product of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, was in shortage nationwide. Although supplies were restored in early June 2013, TUBERSOL® is in shortage again until at least the middle of October 2013. At the current time, the 5 tuberculin units/0.1 mL, 5 mL (50 tests), multiple dose vials are unavailable. The 5 tuberculin units/0.1 mL, 1 mL (10 tests), multiple dose vials are in limited supply. This notice updates and supersedes the advice in HAN 345 and advises public health officials, clinicians, and workers in occupational health and infection control about how to adapt testing protocols to the recurrent shortage.

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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.

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.

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

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.

How to capture a bat

If you ever wondered what to do if you woke up and found a bat in your bedroom, here is an instructional video of how to capture a bat.capturethebad

View or download a video on the proper technique for safely capturing a bat found in your home. To download a video, right click on the link and select “Save Target As..”

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PUTNAM COUNTY RANKS AMONG TOP 5 IN NEW YORK STATE FOR HEALTH OUTCOMES

PUTNAM COUNTY RANKS AMONG TOP 5 IN NEW YORK STATE FOR HEALTH OUTCOMES—Among Top Five for Fourth Consecutive Year.

Brewster, NY—On March 20, 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the 2013 County Health Rankings for New York State, as well as the rest of the country. Putnam County was ranked fourth in the state in the overall category of “health outcomes,” after having been number one for three consecutive years.

“We’re still doing well,” said Allen Beals, MD, JD, Commissioner of Health, “a fourth place ranking among 62 counties indicates superior health.” Even when Putnam ranked first, the health challenges the county faced, such as adult obesity, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption among adult residents, did not meet state and national benchmarks. This year, these areas did not show any significant improvement. “We will continue to aggressively target these areas,” said Dr. Beals.

“I know how hard the Health Department and other county agencies work to address these issues,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “However, behavior is very difficult to change. I am committed to support the Health Department in their efforts to address these health issues.”

In 2013 for the first time, the Putnam County Department of Health is spearheading countywide efforts to formulate a Community Health Improvement Plan, known as the CHIP. This multi-disciplinary approach to planning health improvements will be formulated in collaboration with a wide variety of community partners including hospitals, community based organizations such as mental health and substance abuse agencies, schools, businesses and others.

 

 

 

ELECTRONIC WASTE DISPOSAL

ELECTRONIC WASTE DISPOSAL

For several years Putnam County has been providing residents with a convenient solution to electronic waste (e-waste) disposal.  Recently the County was notified that the contractor providing collection would no longer be able to do this.  While an alternate means of collection is being researched, the Department of Environmental Conservation offers the following recommendations:

Guidance for Consumers of Covered Electronic Equipment

The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 kB), requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. It was signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2010.

Recycle Your Electronic Waste in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Go to DEC’s list of electronic equipment manufacturers registered in NYS, to find manufacturers, their brands of covered electronic equipment, websites and toll-free telephone numbers.
  2. Find the manufacturer’s brand of equipment you wish to recycle, and click on that manufacturer’s website link or call its listed toll-free telephone number.
  3. Follow the specific instructions listed on the manufacturer’s website or provided over the telephone. The manufacturer will provide information on how to recycle your equipment, free of charge.

State law prohibits curbside collection of e-waste, so your waste hauler will be unable to pick it up with other waste or recyclables.

Further information may be found at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66827.html.