The mission of the local County Health Department - Sullivan County Public Health Services, is to prevent illness and disease, and to protect and promote public health within the framework of New York State Public Health law. To learn about the Department’s activities, programs and services, click on the links to the left.
Information about preventing the flu
On December 28, 2016, New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker declared flu to be prevalent in New York State. New York State Department of Health recommends the flu vaccine as the best protection against the flu. Anyone over the age of six months is encouraged to get the flu vaccine. For the 2016-2017 flu season, only injectable flu vaccines instead of the flu nasal spray is recommended by the CDC.
The following groups are considered high risk for developing flu complications and should be vaccinated against the flu:
|Pregnant women and new moms|
|Children under the age of 5, especially those under the age of 2|
|Adults older than 65|
|Residents of long term care facilities|
|Those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes|
Besides receiving the flu vaccine, there are other everyday preventative actions to do to reduce the risk of getting sick:
Recognize the symptoms of flu. Unlike a cold with symptoms that come on gradually, the flu usually hits all at once. Symptoms include:
|Lack of energy|
|Runny or stuffy nose|
If you think you have the flu, seek medical care for testing and treatment; stay home & limit contact with others. If you must go out, wear a surgical mask to avoid spreading germs.
Sullivan County Public Health will continue to provide the flu vaccine to those who are in need on a first come first served basis. Vaccinations are available by appointment only Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
For information on vaccine payment, or to schedule an appointment, please call Sullivan County Public Health Services at (845) 292-5910, ext. 0.
see attachment: NYS Department of Health "Stopping the flu is up to you" pdf
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Sullivan County Prevention Agenda Priorities:
• Substance Abuse Prevention & Improving Mental Health
• Reduce & prevent Chronic Disease
• Improving Maternal & Child Health
Call Sullivan County Public Health Services (845) 292-5910 for more information
The New York State’s Prevention Agenda 2013-17 is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas and to reduce health disparities for racial, ethnic, disability, socioeconomic and other groups who experience them. This dashboard is available publicly and can be searched by county.
The New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard is an interactive visual presentation of the Prevention Agenda tracking indicator data at state and county levels.
It serves as a key source for monitoring progress that communities around the state have made with regard to meeting the Prevention Agenda 2017 objectives.
When considering health care for yourself and your family, you need to be informed about your options. Hospitals and nursing home facilities are not always the solution to your health care needs. You have a choice. Have you considered that home health care may be the answer to your particular needs? The Certified Home Health Agency at Sullivan County Public Health Services is ready to provide you with many of the health services you need, right in your own home.
REFERRALS ARE ACCEPTED FROM: Self/Family, Physicians, Nursing Homes, Hospital Discharge Planning, Rehabilitation Centers and Community Agencies. Be sure to check out the CHAA program's FAQ!
Sullivan County Rural Health Network
The mission of the Sullivan County Rural Health Network is to collaborate to improve the health status of Sullivan County residents by increasing access to coordinated, cost effective health care services. Funding is provided by the New York State Department of Health, Office of Rural Health.