Public Health

Lower Your Blood Pressure Today!

In Ontario County, 3 out of 10 people with high blood pressure do not have it under control.
Check out this quick video for ideas to decrease your blood pressure.  It just might save your life!

You Are Invited!

The Regional Early Childhood Coalition (REC)/LEICC

invites you for an open discussion on
Date: January 13, 2017
Time: 12:30-1:45pm
Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan
Unused Medication Drop Box Locations Can Be Found Here!

Unused Meds


January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11,955 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013. Sadly, that year 4,217 women in the United States died from cervical cancer. Read more

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus.

What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

In the early stages, cervical cancer is silent and may not cause signs and symptoms. That is why cervical cancer screening is so important. Advanced cervical cancer may cause bleeding or discharge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as bleeding after sex. If you have any of these signs, see your doctor. They may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor.

What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

HPV is a virus that can cause cervical and other cancers including cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. It can also cause cancer in the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (called oropharyngeal cancer). Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. In fact, HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.

Reduce Your Risk of Cervical Cancer Today!

Starting at age 21 get screened for cervical cancer. Currently, Pap and HPV cervical testing are recommended. If both tests are negative your healthcare provider may recommend a re-screening in five years. Before you get too excited, keep in mind that you should still get yearly check-ups with your healthcare provider.

Get vaccinated against HPV. HPV vaccines are available to protect females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. HPV vaccines also can be given to girls as young as 9 years of age. The goal is to vaccinate girls BEFORE they have been exposed to the HPV virus. CDC now recommends 11 to 12 year-old's get two doses of HPV vaccine—rather than the previously recommended three doses—to protect against cancers caused by HPV. Age restrictions do apply with this vaccine so ask your doctor about HPV vaccine today!

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Use condoms during sex.  HPV infection can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. While the effect of condoms in preventing HPV infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer. Male and female condoms as well as dental dams are available at Ontario County Public Health at no charge to you.

Uninsured/Underinsured and need cancer screenings?

Cancer Screening Program: Click Here

More information on cervical cancer:

English: Click Here

Spanish: Click Here

Updated 1/4/2017

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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The holidays are bringing us cold weather. Take precautions this winter when the temperature dips. This winter, be sure to check on elderly family members or neighbors and bring pets indoors. Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.

Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks.  Symptoms of a heart attack include squeezing pain in the chest, shortness of breath, pain that radiates up to the left shoulder and down the left arm, or a cold sweat. Other signs that are equally common include jaw pain, lower back pain, unexplained fatigue or nausea, and anxiety. If you experience these symptoms stop what you are doing and call 911 immediately.

 Indoor safety:

  • Check your carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that often goes undetected, striking victims in their sleep.
  • Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the basement or garage.
  • The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Prevent  fire.
    • If you are using a fireplace, use a fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
    • If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away.
    • Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out.

 If you must go outdoors:

  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  • Stretch first and work slowly when doing outside chores.
  • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
  • Carry a charged cell phone.
Please visit the following websites for more information.

English: Winter Weather
Español (Spanish):Invierno Saludable

2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP)

In 2016, Ontario County Public Health (OCPH) worked with area hospitals, S2AY Rural Health Network and other community leaders to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Through this effort, three priorities areas were identified.

  • Priority 1: Prevent chronic diseases (including hypertension) by  reducing the rates of obesity and tobacco use.
  • Priority 2: Increase access to preventative healthcare.
  • Priority 3: Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse.
Click on the picture below to read the 2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP).
CHIP 2016

Get Vaccinated Against the Flu Today!

Flu cases have been confirmed in Ontario County.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  anticipates cases of flu to rise in the next few weeks due to holiday travel and celebrations.  Both A and B strains of flu have been detected.  Currently, most circulating strains match this season’s flu vaccine.

Who is at risk for flu complications?

  • Children (especially children younger than 2 years old). 
  • Adults over 65, pregnant women or people with a medical history of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, HIV or AIDS and cancer are also at high risk if complications from the flu virus.

 Who should be vaccinated against the flu?

  • EVERYONE 6 months and older!

 Where can I go to get my flu shot?

  • Your healthcare provider
  • Local pharmacy (18 and older)
  • Health department
  • Find the flu vaccine near you!

Are there other ways to protect myself from the flu?

  • Wash their hands often and thoroughly using soap and water or when not available, alcohol-based hand gels.
  • Avoiding contact with sick people
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Staying home from school, holiday parties and work if you are ill

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • Symptoms of the flu usually occur suddenly and may include headache, fever, chills, body and muscle aches, severe fatigue, congestion and cough. Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of the flu. Antiviral medications may shorten the length of illness and severity of symptoms.
  • See your healthcare provider if you think you have the flu. Antiviral medications may shorten the length of illness and severity of symptoms.

Where can I go for more information?

Updated 12/1/2016

Lets talk about diabetes......

Almost 86 million US adults have pre-diabetes, and 90% of them don’t know it. The numbers are staggering; 1 in 3 adults has pre-diabetes and is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Read more...
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Zika Virus

Zika is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito in countries where the virus is prevalent in the mosquito population. It can also be shared during sex by men who are infected with the virus. Unborn babies are at risk for birth defects if their moms get Zika during pregnancy. Read more.

Resources for Providers

To order testing for Ontario County residents, call  585-396-4343 and ask for the Communicable Disease Coordinator.    

What's New with Flu?

Click here for weekly flu updates from New York State Department of Health.

Updated 12/1/2016

Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site 

For the latest updates on the former Geneva Foundry site, visit:                  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
Click here 
Register for news and updates from the Department of Environmental Conservation,  Division of Environmental Remediation
Click here 
Do you have specific site related health questions? 
     Anthony Perretta
     Corning Tower, Room 1789
     Albany, New York 12237

Updated 11/23/2016