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Rabies Clinic - February 26th
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February is American Heart Month
During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.

Schuyler County citizens can prevent the leading cause of death
 (heart disease) by taking the following 10 steps: 

 1. Work with health care team 6. Exercise regularly 
 2. Monitor your blood pressure
7. Don't smoke 
 3. Get your cholesterol checked 8. Limit alcohol use 
 4. Eat a healthy diet 9. Manage your diabetes 
 5. Maintain a healthy weight 10. Take your medicine. 

HEAL Schuyler is a great resource to learning more about Healthy Eating and Active Living in Schuyler County, which can help prevent Heart Disease. 
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No Time for exercise? 

Physical activity does not need to be time consuming or strenuous to improve your health. GST BOCES and Schuyler County Public Health is pleased to begin offering Active Living Every Day (ALED) classes, designed to help you make the simple lifestyle changes necessary to incorporate activity into your everyday life.

If you have started and abandoned exercise programs in the past, these classes will give you the tools to

  • Overcome barriers to physical activity
  • Set realistic goals
  • Stay motivated

Add physical activity to your life and keep it there for a lifetime!

Active Living Every Day
GST BOCES & Schuyler County Public Health
Date: February 23 to June 8, 2015
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Location: Watkins Glen High School
Cost: $80 (Less than $7 a class)  
 (includes class, Active Living Every Day book)

For more information or to register, contact
GST BOCES Adult Education at 607-739-4296 or
Register online at

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter

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Schuyler County Public Health is committed to eliminating lead poisoning and making sure all of our children get a lead test at age 1 and 2.  More information can be found here.

Influenza 2014-2015

The holiday season is winding down and flu season is ramping up. Recent reports from the CDC and New York State indicate widespread and increasing illness.

Flu vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent flu. Its success, however, depends on how well it is matched to flu strains circulating in the community. Flu shots available this year protect against either three or four types of flu viruses.  Unfortunately, this year’s vaccines do not contain protection against the type currently causing most flu illness in the United States. Even so, everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot. Though not perfect, it offers protection against some of the strains now circulating and may be effective against strains that will circulate later in the season.

Other ways to keep yourself and those around you flu-free are:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  3. Avoid close contact with sick people, if possible.
  4. Support your immune system – get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of fluids, exercise routinely, and manage your stress. 
  5. Stay home when you are sick. Avoid working, attending school, shopping, and socializing. Adults with flu symptoms are most contagious during the first five days of illness. Young children, however, can share the virus for ten days or more. Keep this in mind as you make decisions about returning to work or sending kids back to daycare or school after having been ill.
  6. Keep your secretions to yourself. Individuals who have the flu are most likely to give it to others via coughs and sneezes. Cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands or use alcohol based hand rubs frequently when ill.    
  7. Abide by rules and recommendations posted in doctor’s offices and healthcare facilities; some may require the use of masks others may be closed to visitors.  The elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are at risk for severe illness. Help the healthcare system protect them from flu.
  8. Family members with flu? You may be next but you won’t know for up to four days.  Unfortunately, you can give flu to others while it is developing in your body, about a day before you start having symptoms. If possible, avoid close face-to-face contact with others during this time.
  9. If you or someone in your home has the flu, talk to your healthcare provider about the role of anti-viral drugs in treating or preventing flu.

Flu symptoms versus cold symptoms - knowing the difference is important when deciding whether to visit your healthcare provider.  In general, flu symptoms come on more suddenly, last longer, and are more severe than cold symptoms. The National Institutes of Health offers a great chart to help figure out if it is a cold or the flu at Most people do not need to see their healthcare provider with a cold or mild flu symptoms.  Resting at home is preferable to long waits in crowded waiting rooms, surrounded by coughing people. Avoiding unnecessary visits can help prevent the spread of germs. 

Flu symptoms can last for many days and include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • Chills
  • Cough – can be severe and often makes it difficult to rest
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Excessive fatigue and body aches
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most commonly seen in children)

Seek medical attention immediately for severe symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest, upper back, or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worsening cough

More information:

Questions about Ebola
Call the New York State Information Line at 1-800-861-2280. Trained operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions.  The line is for public health information only, if you require medical attention, call your doctor or 9-1-1.

You can also find information on the New York State Department of Health Website found here:

Public Health Department

Marcia Kasprzyk, RN
Public Health Director
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106 S. Perry St.
Suite 4
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Ph: (607) 535-8140
Fx: (607) 535-8157

For after hours, call Schuyler County Sheriff's Dispatch at (607) 535-8222 and ask to speak with the public health representative.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Schuyler County
105 Ninth St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891