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Oswego County health clinics scheduled

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health.

For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine (the shot) and $43 for the flu-mist (nasal vaccine).

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Dec. 16 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

OSWEGO:

Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

HIV Counseling and Testing Service: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment

PULASKI:

Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., walk-in clinic.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the Oswego County Health Department, weekdays at 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, extension 3547.

Oswego County health clinics the week of Dec. 9

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Oswego, and from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski. The cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine (the shot) and $43 for the flu-mist (nasal vaccine).

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Dec. 9 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

County health clinics set for week of Dec. 2

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Oswego, and from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the New York State Department of Health.

For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine (the shot) and $43 for the flu-mist (nasal vaccine).

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Dec. 2 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

**  Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the Oswego County Health Department, weekdays at 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

College student recovering from bacterial meningitis

by Andrew Henderson

Laboratory tests have confirmed that an 18-year-old female SUNY Oswego freshman contracted bacterial meningitis, according to Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County director of public health.

The student was taken by ambulance to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse early Monday morning. She is  recovering at SUNY Upstate.

The Oswego County Health Department and SUNY Oswego health officials have located persons who had close contact with the student. Several close acquaintances were treated with preventative medication at the Mary Walker Health Center at SUNY Oswego.

Bacterial meningitis is a relatively rare but serious acute illness in which bacteria infect the covering of the brain and the spinal cord.

A vaccine protects against the most common strains of meningococcal bacteria and the student had been vaccinated. The New York State Public Health Law (Section 2167) requires college students to obtain the vaccine or sign a waiver.

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Only a drill: Exercise includes Girl Scout cookies

The Oswego County Health Department, assisted by the Oswego County Highway Department, conducted a Strategic National Stockpile drill Wednesday at the highway garage in Scriba. Nearly 30,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, simulating medical supplies, were shipped, sorted and inventoried. Pictured is a worker loading Tagalongs onto a moving dolly.
The Oswego County Health Department, assisted by the Oswego County Highway Department, conducted a Strategic National Stockpile drill Wednesday at the highway garage in Scriba. Nearly 30,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, simulating medical supplies, were shipped, sorted and inventoried. Pictured is a worker loading Tagalongs onto a moving dolly.

by Nicole Reitz

Oswego County Health Department employees stepped away from their desks Wednesday and unloaded and sorted 26,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies at the Highway Garage in Scriba.

With the help of the Oswego County Highway Department, the employees shuffled around boxes of cookies as part of a Strategic National Stockpile drill.

The Strategic National Stockpile is the national repository of antibiotics, vaccines, chemical antidotes, antitoxins and other critical medical equipment and supplies used in the event of a emergency.

The cookie boxes simulated the medical supplies the health department would need to ship and organize in the event of a disaster, or emergency involving bioterrorism or a natural pandemic.

Federal authorities require that state and local governments to be able to demonstrate their ability to request, receive and dispense medications and other materials from the stockpile.

As part of the exercise, health department staff received an inventory of Girl Scout cookies, unloaded the shipment, sorted them by product and then sorted orders for the 25 local troops. The cookies were then processed for shipment.

Oswego area scout leaders picked up their cookie shipments from the county highway garage at the conclusion of the drill. County highway vehicles delivered remaining shipments to sites in Lycoming, Mexico and Parish.

According to Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Anna McNamara, each staff person was given a job, indicated by their vest color.

Staff wearing orange vests were in charge of quality control, green symbolized quality insurance and red vests oversaw incident command.

Staff wearing orange and green vests also had to verify the total amount of cookie boxes.

The simulated drill gave the health department the chance to test out their ability to ship and receive assets and evaluate their emergency plans in a controlled environment. The health department is required to regularly review and update plans, and periodically test them with table top exercises.

Wednesday’s drill, however, was the biggest exercise of its kind.

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Consultant resolution denied

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Health Department won’t be hiring a consultant for the purpose of recruiting and retaining non-supervisory staff in the Certified Home Health Agency and Long Term Home Health Care Program.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a proposal from Core Skills, True Impact in the amount of $9,200 to assist with the retention of employees in the county health department’s nursing services was not approved.

Legislator James Oldenburg said he could not support the expenditure of the funds. “I don’t feel we need to hire a consultant for something that could be done in-house,” he said.

Voting against the proposal were legislators Margaret Kastler, David Holtz, John Martino, Dan LeClair, Robert Hayes, Linda Lockwood, Art Ospelt, Jacob Mulcahey, Amy Tresidder, Mike Kunzwiler, Dan Chalifoux, Terry Wilbur, Jim Karasek, Dan Farfaglia, Louella LeCLair, Fred Beardsley and Oldenburg.

Legislators Kevin Gardner and Morris Sorbello were absent.

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Oswego child recovers from West Nile virus

The Oswego County Health Department has been notified by the New York State Department of Health Laboratory that an Oswego County child was infected with West Nile virus. The child lives in the City of Oswego and is recovering at home.

The Oswego County Health Department was notified by the New York State Department of Health Friday afternoon that the child tested positive for West Nile virus. The virus is carried by mosquitoes and was found earlier this summer in mosquitoes collected in Central Square and New Haven. It is also present in Onondaga County and areas of western and southern New York State.

“The Oswego County Health Department is working with the state Department of Health to investigate the case,” said Jiancheng Huang, public health director of the Oswego County Health Department. “As West Nile activities increase in some parts of the county recently, we need to encourage all citizens to use personal protection measures to prevent mosquito bites.”

In most people, West Nile virus causes no symptoms, but it can cause serious health problems and in rare instances can lead to death. Individuals aged 50 and older are at highest risk for serious illness. It is estimated that 20 percent of the people who become infected will develop West Nile fever and have mild symptoms, including fever, headache and body aches, and occasionally a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

The Oswego County Health Department advises people to reduce their risk of being bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellents properly. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are the most effective and should be used according to package instructions.

People should also minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn and wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time or when mosquitoes are most active.

Many mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus lay their eggs in stagnant water around the home.

“Any standing water around the yard can provide a home for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquitoes can then enter houses through broken screens or unscreened windows or doors,” said Huang.

Mosquitoes can breed in any stagnant water that lasts more than four days.

For more information on West Nile virus, call the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3547 or visit the New York State Department of Health’s web site.

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County has no immediate plans to spray for West Nile virus

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Health Department has announced the finding of West Nile virus in the county, however, no aerial spraying is expected to take place.

Inga Back, acting public health director of the Oswego County Health Department, announced last week that the New York State Department of Health found evidence of West Nile virus in two collections of mosquitoes in the village of Central Square.

There are no known human cases of West Nile virus in Oswego County at this time.

The mosquitoes were collected July 2 and July 4 in Central Square.

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