Director:
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

Address:
County Services Complex
2714 State Highway 29
Johnstown, NY 12095
 

Phone:
(518) 736-5720

Fax:
(518) 762-1382

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🧪 Protect Your Family from Sources of Lead

Lead has been used for a long time in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, playgrounds, batteries, cosmetics, toys, imported candies, jewelry, and other products.

The good news is lead poisoning is preventable and you can start by learning more at https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-sources-lead#products


Least Restrictive Environment Webinar

Friday, December 9, 2022 from Noon to 2pm, the Special Education Task Force is offering a Webinar.

The topic is Least Restrictive Environment and the challenges that may interfere with a student's successful inclusion.

Students should learn and receive supports that are applicable to their needs, but there are many considerations which influence decisions and recommendations related to inclusion.

This program will discuss the intricacies of supporting students in the least restrictive environment, including evaluations and observations, what issues lead to students being referred for evaluations (school or parent referrals), what kind of information is helpful when trying to make a recommendation for student programs, setting, or environment.

We will also focus on specific challenges which may interfere or preclude a student from successful inclusion. This program will be beneficial for parents, support staff, teachers, and providers alike.

Presenters:
Dr. Gina Cosgrove, Chelsea Place Psychological Services PLLC
Dr. Kelly Brock, Chelsea Place Psychological Services PLLC


Date/Time:
Friday, December 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Registration:
https://drny-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuceiorDIpGNOUIKN0hKBKajKsQRDWz6eM
SPACE IS LIMITED. Upon completing registration, you will receive an e-mail with webinar call-in information.
All trainings will have closed captioning. ASL interpretation available upon request.
Need additional information or any accommodations? Contact Helen Hellmuth at DRNY. helen.hellmuth@drny.org or 518.860.8158


World AIDS Day

Today is #WorldAIDSDay, a day to unite with others around the world to prevent HIV, support people with HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives to an HIV-related illness. Let’s #StopHIVTogether. Let's Stop HIV Together #WAD2022


Bentex Recalls Children's Clothing Sets

Bentex Recalls Children's Clothing Sets Due to Violation of the Federal Lead Paint and Lead Content Ban; Lead Poisoning Hazard. For more information on this recall please visit: Bentex Recalls Children's Clothing Sets


Cover Your Cough

Stop the spread of germs that con make you and others sick! Protect others from getting sick. Always cover your mouth and nose during coughing or sneezing. Together we prevent the spread of COVID-19, Flu, and RSV.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. • You may be unked to put on a facemask to protect otherx. • Wash hands often with soap and wam water fa 20 seconds. If soup and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 is the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).

Calling or texting 988 will connect you to trained crisis counselors if you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal, mental, or emotional distress.
https://988lifeline.org/


Looking to vaccinate your pet for rabies?

Here is the schedule for the Fulton County Public Health rabies clinics in 2023 (pre-registration will begin three weeks before rabies clinic date).

Unable to wait until these clinic dates? Did you know Tractor Supply also offers rabies vaccinations for pets? Contact Tractor Supply to learn more.
March 29, 2023, July 12, 2023 and Nobvember 1, 2023 : all from 5:30-7:30. Register at 518-736-5720


Cases of flu, RSV, and COVID-19 are on the rise nationally

These respiratory viruses commonly spread during the fall and winter months and can be dangerous for very young children or elderly.

Learn how to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, manage symptoms and care, and protect loved ones at the greatest risk of getting very ill:
*Get an updated COVID-19 vaccine
*Get an annual flu shot
*Stay home when sick and try to isolate from high-risk family members, if possible
*Practice good hand hygiene and teach young children to cough/sneeze in a tissue or elbow
*Consider air ventilation indoors or opening windows, as possible
*Consider mask-wearing when indoors or crowded settings for those looking for increased precautions to protect those at high-risk
https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/respiratory_syncytial_virus/


Wash Your Hands To Stay Healthy

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of COVID and stay healthy.

Regular hand washing is one of the best defenses against COVID-19. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds should be done:
• Before touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Before and after eating or handling food.
• After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.
• After using the restroom.
• After touching frequently-touched surfaces, especially in public places.
• After using shared equipment and supplies.
• After cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched materials, surfaces, and areas.
• Before you leave your home and after you return.
• After touching other people (which should be avoided as much as possible).

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/


Heat Your Home Safely

The cold weather is finally here and it is important to remember to heat your home safely, to prevent fires, CO2 poisoning, burns and other heating-related injuries.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has excellent resources on how to heat your home safely here: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Teaching-tools/Community-tool-kits/Keeping-Your-Community-Safe-and-Warm.

• Test smoke alarms twice a year (when you set your clocks ahead or back).
• Install smoke alarms and CO2 detectors (if you don't already have these installed).
• Never use your oven to heat your home!
• Make sure to keep anything that may catch fire at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
• Ensure that children are kept 3 feet from heating equipment and open flames (i.e. in a fireplace).
• Have your heating equipment checked by a professional annually.

NFPA also has a factsheet with heating safety tips that can easily be viewed, or even printed and shared. Print a copy to post in your home for other family members to view. And share with your friends & family to remind them to stay safe. https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.pdf


Avoid Letting Baby Overheat:

The weather outside may be frightful, but avoid letting baby overheat:
1. Dress baby in clothes suitable for the temperature of the room.
2. Use a wearable blanket or an extra layer of clothes to keep baby warm without adding items to the sleep area.
3. Take off hats when baby is inside.
4. Watch for signs of overheating, like sweating or hot, red skin.
Learn more: https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/safesleepbasics/risk/reduce. #SafeToSleep #BabySleep


Learn how to safely heat your home this winter
 

 


Caring for an adult with intellectual disabilities?

Are you a parent or a care giver of a young adult/adult with intellectual disabilities? Would you like to learn more about “How Guardianship and Supported Decision Making Can Co-Exist”?

Parent to Parent is offering an On Demand Workshop on Supporting Decision Making with and for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Click the link below to learn more about Supported Decision Making and Guardianship as decision making tools.
https://www.ptopnys.org/general/on-demand-workshop-on-supporting-decision-making-with-and-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities/ .


Fulton County Public Health has positions available!

• Public Health Nurse
• Community Health Nurse
• Senior Account Clerk
• Account Clerk
To view job postings click here: https://www.fultoncountyny.gov/employment-0 and contact Fulton County Personnel office to apply.


Fulton County Public Health has 2 available positions through the New York State Public Health Corps Fellowship

There is 1 position for a Public Health Specialist I and 1 position for Public Health Specialist II.
For more information and to apply, visit https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/8048/fulton-county-public-health-specialist/job?mode=view for the Public Health Specialist I and visit https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/8211/fulton-county-public-health-specialist-ii/job?mode=view for Public Health Specialist II.


Flu Shots are Recommended

The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and the people you love from severe illness and hospitalization. It is not too late to get the flu shot. Schedule an appointment today with a vaccination clinic near you.
***Everyone 6 months and older is eligible for both flu and COVID vaccines. Talk to a Health Care Provider if you have any questions or concerns.

 


Safely Reduce Healing & Enerqy Costs!

• Switch to energy-efficient lighting options.
• Turn off lights when you leave a room.
• Turn down heat in rooms not being used.
• Have your heating system checked annually.
• Weather-seal around doors, windows and outlets.
• Turn off electronics when not in use.
• Take shorter showers.
• Talk to your utility programs about budget billing options.
NYS Brichure on Controlling Energy Costs


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) shows that when Omicron variants were circulating, vaccine effectiveness of the original mRNA vaccines against COVID-19-associated hospitalization decreased with time after vaccination.

As winter approaches, it’s important to make sure you’re up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters. CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older get an updated (bivalent) booster, which targets Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 and the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7142a3.htm


RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

There has been a significant increase in the number of people being diagnosed with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) illness and hospitalizations this Fall/Winter.

Most people recover in a week or two, however others are at higher risk of a more serious illness. Those at higher risk include infants, young children, older adults and those adults with other chronic medical conditions.
https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/downloads/RSV-in-Infants-and-Young-Children.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/factsheet-older-adults.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/index.html


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!
https://apps.myocv.com/share/a34012095


Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters are here for Kids 5+

The updated booster helps restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination AND targets recent Omicron variants, giving your child the best protection possible against COVID-19 this fall.

Get a booster appointment on the schedule for all kids over the age of 5️ who are at least 2 months past completing their initial vaccine series. ⁠
-Contact your child’s pediatrician
-Schedule an appointment online with your local pharmacy
-Go to vaccines.gov to look for locations near you https://www.vaccines.gov/search/


Autism Live - Center for Autism and Related Disorders

Autism Live is a resource offered through CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disorders), that provides new information on Autism Spectrum Disorder while encouraging viewers to participate.

You can join every Wednesday from 10am-12pm or watch previous sessions.

Please clink on the link provided to learn more. https://www.centerforautism.com/resources/autism-live/


Need help with your winter utility bills?

Check out this site from New York State Department of Public Safety to learn more: https://www3.dps.ny.gov/W/AskPSC.nsf/All/2A2468643DFEC059852581CB005C16A8?OpenDocument and share this information with those who may need help this winter.


COVID-19, Flu, RSV, the Common Cold.

These respiratory illnesses have several similar symptoms but they also have some different symptoms as well.

Check out this article from Healthy Children.org, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, to learn more about these illnesses: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/How-is-the-Flu-Different-From-COVID-19.aspx

Concerned your child may ill? Follow up with your healthcare provider with questions or for your child to be seen.


Did you know that type 2 diabetes can be prevented?

Click on the link below to find out if you are at risk for pre-diabetes. https://www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/risktest/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fdiabetes%2Frisktest%2Findex.html


“Winter is coming” is not just a catch phrase

“Winter is coming” is not just a catch phrase on a popular television show, but it is the upcoming season.
With winter comes snow, so here are some shoveling safety tips.

National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely:
• Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
• Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
• Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter
• Push the snow rather than lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
• Lift with your legs, not your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion
• Know the signs of a heart attack, and stop immediately. Call 911 if you're experiencing any of them; every minute counts

https://www.nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/seasonal-safety/winter-safety/snow-shoveling


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!


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: https://vimeo.com/98980682 For more information, visit the Text4Baby website at: https://www.text4baby.org/


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.


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.

Covid-19 Clinic

November 2022 COVID Vaccine Clinic

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Thursday December 22, 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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronav.../2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

Flu Shots will also be offered.

Interested in receiving a vaccination at this clinic? Sign up here: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/6z7p0e2q/?e_id=3727 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: https://www.vaccines.gov/

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 https://www.cdc.gov/prepyourhealth/planahead/stayinformed/index.htm #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.

 

 

Urgent!

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: https://www.fultoncountyny.gov/rabies.  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 www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/ or the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/default.htm. 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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