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Putnam County

Department of Health

A PHAB Accredited Health Department

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.

Immunizations

ADULT, CHILD & OTHER IMMUNIZATIONS

The Putnam County Department of Health offers a variety of immunization programs, including:

  • Vaccines for Children (VFC)
  • Adult Immunization Program
  • Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Immunization Program
  • Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program

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.

    Coverage

    Eligibility requirements for the VFC Program include:

    • Age (birth up to 19 years)
    • Insurance coverage (Medicaid or Medicaid-Managed Care Plan, American Indian or Alaskan Native children, children without health insurance, children seen at a Federally Qualified Health Center or a Rural Health Center and under-insured families whose health insurance does not cover immunizations).
    • No child will be refused vaccination because of inability to pay.
    • All persons attending immunization clinics are asked about insurance status and offered referrals to WIC, Child Health Plus, Medicaid and NYS Health Insurance as needed.

    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.

    Clinics

    Morning, afternoon and evening clinics are conducted, by appointment at the Putnam County Department of Health Office (1 Geneva Road, Brewster).

    Pertussis/Tdap Vaccine

    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.

    Click here for information about vaccine safety and the importance of immunization.

    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.

    Click here for more information about vaccine safety and the importance of immunization.

  • 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.

    Click here for more information about travel immunizations.
    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:

    • Within 14 days of the first day of school or day care – children must receive the first age-appropriate dose in each immunization series to attend or remain in school or day care.
    • Within 30 days after the first day of school or day care – parents or guardians must show that they have appointments for the next required follow-up doses for their child. Deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.

    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

    Please view all of the below FAQs. Each document contains different questions.

    For more information regarding the regulation changes, please visit the NYSDOH immunization website.

FLU VACCINE

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.

School-Based Flu Clinics

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).

Click here for more information on Influenza (Flu).

Click here for the 2022 school-based flu clinic schedule
Clinic Date Day of Week Location
9/21/2022 Wednesday St. James
9/28/2022 Wednesday Putnam Valley Elementary School
9/30/2022 Friday Putnam Valley HS/MS
10/6/2022 Thursday Haldane Schools
10/12/2022 Wednesday Garrison School
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
11/9/2022 Wednesday Austin Road
11/10/2022 Thursday Lakeview Elem. School
11/10/2022 Thursday Fulmar Road
11/15/2022 Tuesday Mahopac Middle School
11/17/2022 Thursday Mahopac High School

IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULES & RESOURCES

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.

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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