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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Avoid*Spot*Treat” Frostbite & Hypothermia

Stay safe today. Review this infographic from the CDC to learn how to “Avoid*Spot*Treat” Frostbite & Hypothermia.

And learn more about Wind Chill Safety from the National Weather Service here:


On average about 90 babies die each year in New York: State from sleep-related causes. Keep your baby safe by following the NYS Department of Health's ABCS of Safe Sleep:

A- Alone. Baby should sleep alone.
B- Back. Put baby on their back (not on their tummy or side).
C- Crib. Put baby in a safe crib.
S- Smoke Free Home

Ways to Reduce SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome):
Put baby on their back to sleep on a firm mattress with fitted sheet.
Baby should not sleep with other adults, children or pets.
Breastfeed the baby.
Nothing should be in the crib except for baby. No pillows, bumper pads, blankets, or toys.
Use a one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket to keep baby warm (do not use loose blankets.)
Encourage "tummy time" every day when baby is awake which helps baby develop strong shoulder and neck muscles.
If baby falls asleep on a bed, couch, armchair, or in a sling, swing, or car seat, move baby into crib to finish sleeping.
Get vour baby mmmunized.
Be sure baby is not too warm.
Make sure no one smokes in your home or around your baby.

For more information on Safe Sleep, please feel free to visit or call Fulton County Public Health at 518-736-5720.

National #WearRedDay

When we take care of #OurHearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same.

This National #WearRedDay, sport your favorite red clothing and show your heart some love!

Vaccines save lives. Vaccinate TODAY!

More than 1 in 5 transgender adults have at least one chronic condition, like diabetes or asthma. This makes them more likely to be severely ill or hospitalized if they catch a virus, such as COVID-19. Vaccines save lives. Vaccinate TODAY!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Dental issues which can lead to pain and infections, and can even effect children’s eating and speech.

Parents and caregivers can take steps to prevent dental conditions before they start.

Please see the link below for information on the best ways to care for your young child’s dental health.

Children's Dental Health

Frostbite Risks

With colder temperatures comes the risk of frostbite. Our children are at a greater risk because their small bodies lose heat faster than adults. To learn more on how to recognize the early sigs of frostbite, how to prevent it and what to do if you think your child may have frostbite, please visit

Fulton County Public Health Bulletin February 2023

Fulton County Public Health Bulletin February 2023, please share.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

February 4th, 2023 is National Take Your Child to the Library Day!

This day is a perfect time to introduce your children to the local library if they have not gone before. Taking little ones to a library can be a challenge but there are some tips listed in the link below that can help!

7 Tips for Exploring the Library with Little People (

Keep It Moving Challenge

Join the APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge, going on now until April 9, 2023.

Participants can choose to join individually or as part of a team. Compete against others by completing any physical activity you choose.

This is a great way to kick-off the new year. To learn more:

Food Safety in Your Kitchen

A new study completed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has shown that consumers need to rethink how they handle their spice containers during food preparation.

Research found that during food preparation, the spice container that you touch while preparing raw meat and fish easily becomes contaminated with microorganisms. Spice containers were found to be the most frequently contaminated objects, followed by cutting boards and trash can lids.

You don't even know the microorganisms are present-you can't see, smell or taste them. These microorganisms then have the potential to cause illness. Food-borne illness can take up to 72 hours to derelop and is especially serious for pregnant women, babies and the elderly who have more fragile immune systems.

Fulton County Residents are encouraged to continue to follow proper food handling practices in their home to prevent illness:
1. Adequate cooking
2. Consistent handwashing before and after handling different food items especially raw fish and meats, utensils, spice containers, and again before serving eating a meal.
3. Sanitizing kitchen surfaces, spice containers used and utensils before and after each use.
4. Use 2 cutting boards when preparing foods. One for slicing raw produce and cheeses and another for preparing raw meat, poultry and seafood.

For more information on food preparation safety, call Fulton County Public Health at 518-736-5720 or the USDA Hotline number at 1-888-674-6854.

Your Indoor Cat Needs A Rabies Vaccination

Talk to your veterinarian to make sure your cat’s rabies vaccination is up-to-date.

See to view the Fulton County Public Health Rabies Clinic schedule for 2023.

To learn more about why indoor cats need to be vaccinated for rabies, check out Q&A from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine:

To learn more about rabies visit NYS Department of Health or the CDC

Mpox Information

Mpox spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact with the infection rash, scabs, or body fluids, and can also be spread through respiratory droplets during prolonged, physical contact. Reduce your risk of infection by getting a mpox vaccine. Vaccines save lives. Vaccinate TODAY! |

Reduce Your Baby’s Risk of SIDS

You can reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Check out this video from NYSDOH on the ABCs of Safe Sleep.

January is National Blood Donor Month

Be a part of the campaign to spread awareness for the need for blood. Thinking of donating this year but have questions? Red Cross has answers to common questions and a locator to help you find the nearest blood drive in your area.

You can call 1 (800) 733-2767 or go online:

If you See Something, Send Something

If you see something, say something
or 9-1-1 in case of emergency


Simple Strategies For Teaching Kids Behavior

Do you want to reduce conflict? Have better relationships? Help your children manage their own behavior? You need PAX Tools!

PAX Tools is a collection of evidence-based. trauma-informed strategies to improve cooperation and self-regulation with youth. PAX Tools draws on decades of science to create strategies that support parents, youth workers, and other caring adults to create a nurturing environment that ultimately helps kids thrive!

PAX Tools is intended for any caring adult who interacts with children, such as parents, caregivers, professionals and volunteers. Caregivers who participate in PAX Tools trainings will receive the materials they need to effectively use PAX Tools with children, including the PAX Tools App.

The Glove City Coalition is hosting a Pax Tools workshop for parents and other caring adults January 26, 2022 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Gloversville Public Library. To join us for the FREE upcoming workshop, to register (by January 20), contact Bonnie Peck at 518-762-8215 ext. 1033

Fulton County Public Health App

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!

January is Radon Awareness Month

This is an excellent time to test for radon in your home, investigate building and remodeling strategies that reduce radon exposure, and advocate for radon testing in your local schools, child care facilities, and other areas where children spend a lot of their time indoors.

According to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nationwide survey, an estimated 1 in 5 schools has at least one schoolroom with unsafe levels of radon.

Find out how to test for radon at

Covid Vaccination Status

Did you know that more than 260 million people have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States? Get your COVID-19 vaccination today to protect yourself and those you love. Vaccines save lives. Vaccinate TODAY!

Prevent Rabies

Rabies, which is almost always fatal once a person becomes infected, can be prevented.

There are steps that can be taken to prevent rabies in homes and in the community.

1. Get pets vaccinated. This includes dogs, cats (even indoor cats) and ferrets. Have questions about vaccinating a pet against rabies? Talk to your vet or call Fulton County Public Health for low-cost rabies vaccination locations.
2. Don’t touch wild or stray animals. Some wild animals may be rabid. It is best to avoid wild animals and teach children not to touch wild animals as well.
Also, avoid touching stray animals. A stray cat may seem friendly, but can become scared and bite. If there is a stray animal in your neighborhood, contact your local animal control authority.
3. Report animal bites to Public Health. Seek medical care for the treatment of animal bites. Follow up with Public Health to determine the best plan for preventing rabies infection. This may include receiving rabies post-exposure treatment to prevent the transmission of rabies. If the owner of the biting animal is known and the animal can be observed for 10 days, it is possible that rabies post-exposure treatment can be avoided.
4. Report all bat exposures to Public Health, even if there are no bite marks. Sometimes bite marks are not able to be seen but a bite still occurred. Better to be safe and call. Call public health if a bat is found in a room with a young child or person who is incapacitated. Also, call public health if someone comes into contact with a bat or wakes up in a room with a bat flying around.
5. Planning to travel abroad? Talk to your doctor to see if you need any travel vaccinations. The risk for rabies exposure is higher in some countries.
Depending on where you travel to, your doctor may suggest a rabies vaccination before traveling. Make sure to call well enough in advance, to give time to receive needed travel vaccinations.
Want to learn more about rabies and how to protect yourself and your family? Check out the Kids Health article here:
To report an animal bite, bat exposure or to find low-cost rabies vaccination locations in Fulton County, call 518-736-7520.

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Spring 2023 COVID Vaccine Clinics Thu Jan 19, Thu Feb 16 and Thu March 16
•Thursday February 16, 2023, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
•Thursday March 16, 2023, 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. MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND!

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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