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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Life Jacket Safety

Are you a stylish boater?

Hot Cars!

Stay safe this summer! NEVER leave a child or pet alone in a car, especially when it is hot outside!

Fireworks Safety

Independence Day is holiday many Americans look forward to celebrating.

Unfortunately, this can also be a time for injuries resulting from fireworks. Bodily injuries continue to be reported with the hands and fingers being the highest rated area of injury.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Product Recall!
Times Tienda recalls Children's Desks and Chairs due to elevated lead levels.

For more information, please see

Prevent Dog Bites!

Never tease dogs! Teasing can lead to bites!

Teach the members of your family how to properly treat your pets!

CDC Milestone Tracker

Have you heard about the CDC's Milestone Tracker?

Track milestones, get tips and activities to support development!

Rabies Clinic

Fulton County Public Health will be holding their next Rabies Clinic on Wednesday, July 13th, 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! To pre-register call Fulton County Public Health at 518-736-5720.

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

Child's First Teacher
You are your child's first teacher.

Watch this short video from HopeStreetGroup that gives information on the benefits of building your child's social and emotional development from the day they are born.

COVID Education

Speak to a Health Care Provider about Blood Level Tests for Children

Lead poisoning is preventable! A simple blood test can detect lead.

Find out more from your state or local childhood lead poisoning prevention program!

Campfire Safety

It's that time of year!

Families are camping once again and enjoying the crackle of the campfire.

Be a responsible camper! Click here for the Top 10 must-know tips for campfire safety.

Fine Motor Skills

Watch this short video, from YouTube, that gives suggestions for activities to develop fine motor skills in babies and toddlers.

Starting now, will help your child to better feed himself/herself, hold a pen or pencil and button and unbutton buttons.

Boater Safety!

Do you know how to dock a boat correctly?

Check out this video from the Safe Boating Campaign to learn the correct way to dock a boat.

Extreme Heat!

Check out this video from the CDC to learn how to keep yourself and your family safe from extreme heat this summer!

COVID Education

Parent to Parent of NYS
Do you have a family member with special needs?

Parent to Parent of New York State offers support, information and referral and trainings.

Go to the website listed below or call Tina Beauparlant at 1-800-305-8817.

Encourage Speech and Language Development

There are many ways parents and caregivers can help encourage speech and language development in their child.

Here are some suggestions from American Speech-Language Association (ASHA) for children ages birth-6.

Pool Safety

Your children don’t have gills and fins!

Make sure you take steps to keep them safe around pools this summer!

Learn more at

Wildlife Safety

Check out this site from the CDC to learn more about Rabies

Workplace Exposure to Lead

If you work near lead-based products, you can carry lead dust home on your clothes.

Keep your family safe by learning more about ways to prevent bringing sources of lead exposure home!

COVID Education

Antibiotic Resistance

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

Gross Motor Skills

Running, jumping, climbing and ball play are all forms of gross motor skills that children learn as they grow.

Here are some suggestions from happiestbaby: The Blog, to help encourage gross motor skills in your toddler, that can be done in your home.

Heat Exhaustion

As temperatures begin warming up everyone should be mindful of the summer's heat.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, clammy skin, headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and muscle cramps.

During extremely hot days wear loose fitting clothing, keep hydrated, avoid strenuous exercise and activities, and be in an air conditioned space if possible to prevent heat related illness.

COVID Education

Summer cleaning?

If you have any questions on cleaning products/ mixing chemicals, call our friends @UpstateNewYorkPoison: 1-800-222-1222!

#UNYPC65Years #PreventPoison


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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 the link below to begin the course!

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Physical Activity Ideas for Children Under 5!

Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Here are some physical activity ideas for children under 5 years.

COVID Education

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.


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!.


Interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or booster? Talk to your health care provider or check out to find a vaccine close to you.

Have you already been infected with COVID-19? Talk to your health care provider to see how soon you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose.

*Source: National Foundation of Infectious Diseases

Cooling Centers in Fulton County

Do you know where to go when the weather gets HOT in Fulton County?

There are Cooling Centers that folks can visit to stay cool when the temperature rises!

Check out the locations in Fulton County here:

Are you planning to buy or rent???

Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978?

Make sure you receive a copy of Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home. It’s available in multiple languages!

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Fulton County Public Health has 3 available positions through the New York State Public Health Corps Fellowship. There are 2 positions for Public Health Specialist I and 1 position for Public Health Specialist II.

For more information and to apply, visit for the Public Health Specialist I and visit for Public Health Specialist II.

The links will be open through Monday, June 20, 2022 to 5:00 pm.

Car Seat Program!

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.

Protect Your Eyes!

No matter your age, the time of year or location, focus on safety by protecting your eyes from the sun every time you go outside.

COVID Education

COVID Education

You are the Help until Help Arrives!

Try out FEMA’s interactive video “Mysticat's Adventure Island” to apply your knowledge about providing help until help arrives in an emergency!

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Parents! Talk to your Teens!

Parents, talk to your teens about marijuana use! Have the conversation early and often!

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Are you experiencing double or blurry vision, light sensitivity, difficulty driving at night, or colors seem faded?

These might be signs of cataracts. June is Cataract Awareness Month!

Talk to your eye doctor about what you can do for your eye health and what options are available to correct your vision.

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Good news!
Most teens in Fulton County do not use marijuana!

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Why is it so important to start reading to your babies as early as 4 months?

To learn more on why beginning early is so important click on the link below.


To order FREE COVID tests for you and your family, sign up here:

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic! Thursday June 30, 2022 from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.

COVID Clinic 5.30.22

Adirondack Health & Wellness will have both Moderna (18 years of age and older) and Pfizer (5 years of age and older) vaccine available. They also have booster doses available in both Moderna and Pfizer.


•New Yorkers 50 years and older who received first booster at least four months ago are eligible.

•Adults 18 -49 years who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and immunocompromised New Yorkers 12 years and older are also eligible for an mRNA booster four months after their first booster.

•State Department of Health and CDC continue to strongly recommend initial booster doses for eligible adults and adolescents.

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

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

The 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
COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator
Determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other prevention steps.

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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