The Putnam County Department of Health is made of several divisions all working towards improving and protecting the health of the entire community, through the lens of equity.
The Putnam County Department of Health offers a variety of immunization programs, including:
Seasonal flu clinics are conducted at various sites throughout the county. If a resident is not eligible for a funded program, the health department charges them a nominal administrative fee, in addition to the cost of the vaccine for immunization services. This fee may be waived based on socioeconomic need. All county residents are vaccinated, regardless of ability to pay.
The health department provides all recommended immunization services to Putnam County children through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
Eligibility requirements for the VFC Program include:
A state administration fee is required for each vaccine administered through VFC. The fee is based on income and household size and ranges from $0 to $17 per vaccine administered.
Morning, afternoon and evening clinics are conducted, by appointment at the Putnam County Department of Health Office (1 Geneva Road, Brewster).
The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and a cellular pertussis) vaccine targets “cocooning” infants against pertussis. Infants cannot complete their primary series of pertussis containing vaccines until they are 6 months old, so vaccinating the close contacts of newborns against pertussis, or “cocooning,” is recommended.
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If you have any further questions, please call (845) 808-1332.
Meningococcal, Td/Tdap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), and Seasonal Influenza vaccinations are offered to adults by appointment through regularly scheduled clinics.
College and Post-Secondary School Vaccine Requirements
Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Varicella, Hepatitis B, and Meningococcal vaccines are available to all adults in order to meet college admissions requirements and recommendations.
Hepatitis Immunization Initiative
The Hepatitis Immunization Initiative provides screening for high-risk individuals and offers Hepatitis A and B vaccines, as appropriate. New York State Department of Health provides free hepatitis vaccine for Correctional Facility inmates. Inmates are screened within 24 hours of admission in the correctional facility health center. This initiative also includes health department follow-up on all cases of Perinatal Hepatitis B.
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The travel clinic is conducted one to two Friday mornings per month. In addition to the vaccines provided at the regularly scheduled immunization clinics, yellow fever, typhoid, polio and rabies vaccines are also provided. Travel clinic charges include the cost and administration fee for each vaccine, as well as a one-time $50 clinic fee.
Yellow Fever vaccine is not available at this time
CDC country specific information is given to all clients. Clients will receive education about preventing traveler’s diarrhea, insect carried diseases and other valuable travel information.
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If you have any questions, please call (845) 808-1390.
The Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) program services migrants working in horticulture specialties, with livestock, packing and sorting procedures in food processing, as well as in traditional farming and harvesting crops. Free adult vaccination is provided to this population, including spouses. The health department holds monthly evening clinics in the Village of Brewster to serve the MSFW population.
As of the 2019-2020 school year, nonmedical exemptions to school vaccination requirements have ended for children attending day care and pre-K through 12th grade in New York State. This includes all public, private, and religious schools. Religious exemptions are no longer allowed. Children with nonmedical exemptions must now be vaccinated to attend or remain in school. Students who already have all required school vaccinations, and students with a valid medical exemption from a physician, are not affected by this change.
Important Vaccination Deadlines:
What vaccines does my child need?
Talk to your health care provider. Requirements will differ based on your child’s age and any previous vaccinations.
Is it safe for my child to have more than one shot at a time?
Scientific data show that getting multiple vaccines at the same time is safe. It also means fewer doctor’s office visits which can be less stressful for your child. Visit health.ny.gov/vaccinesafety to learn more.
Tips to help your child relax at their next shot visit: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/visit/less-stressful.html
Frequently Asked Questions
Flu season generally begins October and ends the following year at the end of May. Seasonal flu clinics hosted by the Department of Health provide flu vaccinations to residents of Putnam County. Healthcare providers or pharmacies may also have flu vaccine available.
The health department offers free influenza vaccine to all Putnam County school-age children through annual school-based flu clinics. This vaccination program is provided by the health department in partnership with the Board of Education, school administration, school nurses, and Parent/Teacher Organizations (PTO).
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|Clinic Date||Day of Week||Location|
|9/28/2022||Wednesday||Putnam Valley Elementary School|
|9/30/2022||Friday||Putnam Valley HS/MS|
|10/13/2022||Thursday||George Fisher Middle School|
|10/19/2022||Wednesday||Kent Elementary School|
|10/19/2022||Wednesday||Kent Primary School|
|10/24/2022||Monday||Matthew Patterson Elem. School|
|10/26/2022||Wednesday||Carmel High School|
|11/2/2022||Wednesday||Brewster High School|
|11/2/2022||Wednesday||JFK Elementary School|
|11/3/2022||Thursday||CV Starr and Henry H. Wells|
|11/10/2022||Thursday||Lakeview Elem. School|
|11/15/2022||Tuesday||Mahopac Middle School|
|11/17/2022||Thursday||Mahopac High School|
The following schedules list the age range for when a specific vaccine or series of vaccines is recommended. If a child birth through 18 years old has missed any shots, talk to their healthcare provider about getting back on track.