Laurel Headwell, MS

Assistant Director:
Angela Stuart Palmer, MS

Supervising PHN:
Kim Frederick, MS, RN

Fiscal Manager:
Tammy Mickan

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

County Services Complex
2714 State Highway 29
Johnstown, NY 12095

(518) 736-5720

(518) 762-1382

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Is Your Family Prepared When A Disaster Strikes?

Families with youths or children who have special healthcare needs may be more vulnerable in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EMSC IIC) has some tips to plan, prepare, and protect your family with special healthcare or disabilities needs before the next disaster.

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Tips for Families of Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

What do you do in case of an emergency? Are you and your family prepared if a sudden disaster happens in your area? When this happens, feelings such as fear, worry, and anxiety can stop us from making the right decisions during the moment. Practicing emergency preparedness and being ready for those just-in-case moments is essential to minimize these feelings. Preparing for emergencies will save you from running out of what you may need or information you need to remember.

The EMS innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) shares some tips for families of children and youth with special healthcare needs.

Be Ready: Tips for Families of Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs


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CC Move Food Distribution for Gloversville will be WEDNESDAY October 12, 2022, at 10:00 am.

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Did you know Fulton County Public Health has an app?

You can download it via Google Play or the App Store. Download it today to stay up-to-date with Fulton County Public Health news and events!

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Lead Based Paint Danger

Did You Know many homes built before 1978 contain lead-based paint on both interior and exterior walls? When lead-based paint gets old, it can start to peel or come off in pieces and become a hazard. Learn more at

Protect Your Family from Sources of Lead | US EPA

Hand Washing

When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used. It is important to note that:

1. Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs, including some germs that cause diarrhea.

2. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when on hands that are visibly dirty or greasy.

3. Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.…

See more

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Tick Danger

Ticks thrive in warm and humid weather around the Fall season. They can make you sick, so once you notice that a tick has attached itself to you, take it off immediately using the proper steps recommended by the CDC.

Consider talking to a healthcare provider if you live in an area where ticks commonly reside.

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Stop the Spread of Germs

Germs are just about everywhere. They spread from person to person or from surfaces to people. To avoid getting you or others sick, use the tips recommended below.

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It is important that children know how to call 9-1-1. There may come a time when they need to call.

Watch this video and talk to your child about when and how to make the 


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Check out this site: from the CDC about antibiotic resistance and for more information about antibiotic use, check out this site from the CDC:

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September is Emergency Preparedness Month.

The New York State Disability and Health Program team has compiled a list of resources around personal emergency preparedness for older people & people with disabilities and the people who provide services to them.

There are several helpful websites to help you make a plan, and create an emergency kit.

Did you know Fulton County Public Health has a Low-Income Car Seat program and is a Car Seat Fitting Station?

To make an appointment, call 518-736-5720.

If it is after hours or the weekend and you are in urgent need to have your car seat checked you can call the Fulton County Sheriff’s at 518-736-2100.

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Students are back to school! Learning and exploration await them but so do risks. Let’s make sure kids are safe and have the necessary resources to expand their minds!

Please check out some helpful information at


As Autumn approaches many people find their mood changing and an increase in feeling depressed. This may be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which has been shown to begin in September.

Follow this link to learn more about SAD and some tips that can help.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), at U Albany, wants to gets a better understanding of social coping and identity development of teenagers with a diagnosis of autism.

If interested in participating in the research study, please email Krista Drapalik. Her contact information is on the attached flyer.

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Have you questioned what your child should eat to ensure they are receiving the right amount of nutrients for them to grow healthy and strong?

Healthy eating does not have to look bad or make them feel like they are giving up the foods they love.

The CDC shares some nutrition facts that can help guide your decisions on what your child should eat.

Childhood Nutrition Facts | Healthy Schools | CDC

Fulton County Public Health has positions available!

• Public Health Nurse

• Senior Account Clerk

To view job postings click here: and contact Fulton County Personnel office to apply.

In person training opportunity!

September 30, 2022 Parent to Parent is hosting "How to Build Effective Communication Skills with your School Team."

COVID Booster

Updated #COVID19 boosters protecting against Omicron are now available!

People age 12 and up are eligible to receive an updated booster 2 months after their last COVID-19 dose.

View the pinned post to learn more about when/how to get an updated booster dose.

National Preparedness Month

Happy National Preparedness Month!

During disasters, people who are displaced may have an increased risk of exposure to certain infectious diseases. Disasters can hit at any time, that’s why it’s critical to stay up to date on all routine vaccinations.

Learn more:

Rabies Clinic

Fulton County Public Health will be holding their next Rabies Clinic on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

The rabies vaccination clinic will take place at 2714 State Highway 29, Johnstown NY (at the County Services Complex behind the Public Health building).

Pets that can receive a rabies vaccination include: dogs, cats and ferrets. Dogs must be leashed to attend. Cats and ferrets must be in a carrier or box.

Appointments are by pre-registration ONLY!

Registration begins October 19th, 2022. To pre-register call Fulton County Public Health at 518-736-5720.

This is the last of three rabies clinics Fulton County Public Health will be offering in 2022.

Infant Mortality Awareness Month

It’s National Infant Mortality Awareness Month!

Did you know that every year, over a million infants die from vaccine-preventable diseases? The recent reemergence of polio has highlighted the importance of making sure your baby receives all recommended vaccinations on time:

Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

Protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death by getting vaccinated or boosted! Flu and COVID-19 are still a threat.

For more information on how to get vaccinated please go to

Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents.

It's particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems -- diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month!

As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken, putting us at higher risk for some diseases. That’s why vaccines are critical to protect your health, no matter how old you are!

Learn more about the importance of vaccines for older adults:

Safe Crawls

Make Sure Children Have Safe Crawls

Did you know children’s hands and toys can pick up household dust or exterior soil contaminated by lead?

Be sure to move children’s outdoor play areas away from bare soil and the sides of your home. Wet-mop floors and wet-wipe surfaces indoors often to reduce the risk of lead exposure!.

COVID and Outdoor Activities

You may have questioned whether or not you should enjoy the activities you used to love and still not put yourself at risk for COVID-19. The good news is that there are ways that you can safely socialize amid the pandemic and keep the connections you had between your friends and family.

Here is a resource of safe outdoor activities recommended by the Mayo Clinic that you can utilize despite the changes the pandemic has had on us:


Are you currently pregnant? Have you heard about the Text4Baby program?

Check out this video about the Text4Baby program to see if it is right for you:

For more information, visit the Text4Baby website at:

Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month!

One major type of gynecologic cancer is cervical cancer which is almost always caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Luckily, the HPV vaccine can prevent these cancer-causing infections.

Learn more:

Read to Your Child

Why is it so important to read to your child?

Some of the benefits of reading to your child are language development, bonding and listening skills...just to name a few.

Click the link below to learn more about the benefits of reading to your child.

Recurrence or Worsening of COVID-19 Symptoms
Ended isolation and experiencing recurrent or worsening symptoms? Refer to the image below for guidance.

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline
The new National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support, resources and referrals to any pregnant and postpartum mothers facing mental health challenges and their loved ones.

The service is available via phone and text in English or Spanish.

Call or text, 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to connect with counselors at the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline.

Rob Constantine Recovery September Calendar of Events

September is Recovery Month.

Here is the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center Opioid Overdose Prevention Program's September calendar of events.

Poison Control

Congrats to @UpstateNewYorkPoison for celebrating 65 years of service to Fulton County in 2022!

Save the center’s number just in case you need them: 1-800-222-1222! #UNYPC65Years #PreventPoison

Backpack Safety

Parents, as kids return to school, have you checked your child or teens backpack? Is it the right backpack for them?

Check out these backpack safety tips from Healthy and Kids below:


As of August 2022, the CDC has new updates regarding isolation and removal of your mask.

Please visit this website for more information:

Public Health Bulletin
Fulton County Public Health Bulletin September 2022, please share.

Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

There are ways you can help if you believe someone you care about is suicidal. It can be difficult to know where to begin, what you should say, and what you need to do.

The following link provides some information on how to approach this challenging topic.

Communication Delay and Children

Do you feel that your child may have a communication delay?

Here are some activities from ASHA, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, to encourage speech and language development in your child.


STOP THE BLEED Interactive Course

The interactive course is a virtual alternative to the in-person lecture presentation. The STOP THE BLEED Interactive Course guides individuals through the three methods of bleeding control using video demonstrations, interactive learning, and spontaneous quizzes.

This STOP THE BLEED Interactive Course is free to all students and can be taken multiple times to learn and refresh knowledge of the STOP THE BLEED Course.

Click on the link below to begin the course!

Alopecia Areata Awareness Month
September is Alopecia Areata Awareness month.

Here is a video that shows children learning about alopecia and why someone with alopecia should still be kind to themselves.

Prevent Dog Bites!

Do you know you should not approach or try to pet a service dog? They are working, they don’t want to be petted.

Newborn Screenings

The thought of having your baby pricked with a needle when born may sound scary, but believe it or not, babies are stronger than we think. Newborn screening can detect and screen for treatable diseases early. Some diseases can be unseen, so we must work together to keep your baby healthy.

Please help us celebrate the month of September by bringing awareness to newborn screening and improving the lives of infants and parents!

Eye Health

Back to school is right around the corner, which makes it a great time to get your child’s vision checked.

Vision plays an important role in children’s physical, cognitive and social development. Routine vision screenings and eye examinations are vitally important to detect problems before a childs’ development is compromised.

Click the link below to learn more about the importance of your child’s eye health and what you can do to practice good eye health.


Anyone can get monkeypox! It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms. If you think you have monkeypox, seek medical advice by contacting your healthcare provider.


Storytelling Workshop

Are you someone with a disability who would like to tell your story to others but are unsure how?

Would you like to express how your disability has made a positive influence or an inspiring change in your life?

If so, please consider joining this free virtual two-part storytelling workshop through Peoplehub!

Click on the link below for more information!

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CYSHCN Program

The CYSHCN program is a no-cost resource, referral, and advocacy program for individuals from birth to 21 years who have, or are suspected of having, a serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional condition.

CYSHCN provides resources for families to improve the health and care of children who need special assistance.

Please reach out to Fulton County Public health at 518-736-5720 for more information, services, and resources!

COVID-19 Tests for Visually Impaired

Please share this with those who may need information.

The federal government has expanded their COVID-19 test program for those who are blind or who have low vision.

Learn more about this program here:


October 2022 COVID Vaccine Clinic

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Thursday October 20, 2022, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.

Adirondack Health & Wellness will have both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine available. NEW bivalent boosters will also be available for those who are qualified to get a booster dose.

Are you eligible for a first booster? Or a second booster? What does it mean to be up-to-date?

Learn more from the CDC here:

Flu Shots will also be offered.

Interested in receiving a vaccination at this clinic? Sign up here: or call Adirondack Health & Wellness at 518-886-8251 if you have questions or need help signing up.

Don’t have the time to attend this clinic? Find a COVID-19 vaccination site near you here:

Please help get the word out by sharing this information with your friends and family.

Emergency Information

How you #StayInformed in an emergency isn’t carved in stone. Find several trusted sources of #emergency information & have multiple ways to receive alerts & warnings. Learn more at #PrepYourHealth

Public Health - CSHCN Fulton County Community Health GuideThe Fulton County Public Health Department under the direction of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Department of Health, seeks to promote wellness, to protect from disease, to prevent injury/disability, to prepare for emerging illness/disease and to assist Fulton County residents in attaining and maintaining optimal health.   Each person and/or their family will be educated in accessing health care and will be empowered to be responsible for the decisions regarding their health care needs. Many services offered by FCPH are provided free of charge; others have eligibility criteria and sliding fee scales are available for the uninsured.   For immunization, lead testing or car seat appointments call 518-736-5720 to schedule your visit.




Complete and submit these forms if you or your dependent:

have been in quarantine

Quarantine Affirmation Form

have been in isolation

Isolation Affirmation Form

What to Know About Isolation and Quarantine

Information from NY State on Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation and Quarantine

Information from NY State on Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing FAQ

Further Covid-19 information

More Information on COVID-19 Virus

COVID-19 Virus Information

Covid Paid Leave Information

Covid Paid Leave Guidelines
Isolation and Exposure Calculator
Determine if you need to isolate or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

If you are calling after hours, you will be directed to leave a message and your call will be returned the following business day. If it is an emergency you will be advised to hang up and call 911. If you need to speak to a Public Health On-Call Nurse, call 518-736-2100.

Pet immunization clinics are held periodically throughout the year. A copy of the current Rabies Clinic Vaccination flyer can be accessed here:  A nominal donation is requested. Rabies clinic dates are also advertised in local newspapers, on Facebook and posted in town halls. Clinic pre-registration is available by calling 518-736-5720 three weeks prior to each clinic.

Please visit the New York State Department of Health's website at or the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at For specific questions, please contact our Lead Nurse here at Fulton County Public Health at 518-736-5720. 

You or your child need to have some type of public assistance (WIC benefits, Medicaid, food stamps) or be below WIC income guidelines (200% of poverty). Additionally, you need to have a valid reason for needing a car seat. You can sign up for an appointment by calling our office at 518-736-5720 and asking to speak with our Child Passenger Safety Technician. 

Early Intervention is for children with development delays from birth to age 3. Children are evaluated and if found eligible for the program may receive services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or special education services (to name some). Children ages 3-5 are evaluated through their local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to determine eligibility and services. Both programs are voluntary. 

Fulton County Public Health can provide copies of immunizations that were obtained in their office. If your immunizations were not done at Fulton County Public Health, immunization records can be obtained from doctors' offices and schools (K-12 or college) attended.

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