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Let’s roll up our sleeves to foster a community of immunity. We have produced a series of Public Service Announcements from local families and health care providers sharing their experiences, expertise, and to connect people with resources they need to be healthy and protected. Find a medical home, and please know we as a health department are here when and if you are ready to vaccinate.

NYSDOH COVID-19 Booster 

How to Safely Catch at Bat 

To receive a flu shot, call 518-873-3500 for an appointment. 

*To assist in finding flu vaccine locations in Essex County, please visit the link Flu Vaccine Finder.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.

The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu Tracker - NYSDOH

❓What to know for 2023-2024 
🛠Toolkit: Flu Vaccination for Children
🗺Flu Vaccine Finder

What's NEW 2023-2024?

Learn more about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis & treatment

Get your flu vaccine by scheduling an appointment with your regular medical provider or at your local pharmacy. 

Find locations offering flu vaccines through HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Flu Vaccine Information Statement

Patient Bill of Rights

Notice of Privacy Practice

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

Decades of research show that vaccines prevent disease. An overwhelming number of studies also show that they are safe and effective. But in recent years, some people have become concerned that vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases they prevent. An aggressive anti-vaccine movement is fueling their fears. Unfortunately, this has led some to delay or avoid vaccination.

It’s also one reason we are seeing the return of so many preventable diseases – like measles, mumps and whooping cough.

As a local health department we must:

    • ensure compliance with all immunization statutes and regulations;

    • assist with and follow-up on school immunization surveys;

    • provide education regarding the risks and benefits of immunizations for consumers;

    • conduct quality assurance activities with community health care providers including immunization practices, proper vaccine storage and handling, and compliance with immunization reporting requirements;

    • ensure proper stewardship of immunization resources and serve as a safety-net immunization provider; and

    • apply cost-based charges and make reasonable attempts to bill and collect fees for immunization services.

Patient Bill of Rights

Notice of Privacy Practice

Statement on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption from School Vaccination Requirements

School Vaccination Requirements - NYSDOH Site Including Frequently Asked Questions

NYS Immunization Requirements for School Attendance Printable

Call for appointments 518-873-3500. 

COVID-19 Vaccine

Please visit our COVID-19 Vax page for the most up to date information

We can bill Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Child Health Plus, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield or Fidelis Managed Care.  Present your card at your appointment to receive services at no charge.  If you are not covered by these health insurances we will provide you a receipt for service that you may submit to your insurance company to seek reimbursement.

This Department charges an at-cost rate plus administration fee —our rate/fees are adjusted down using a sliding fee scale based on household income.

COVID-19 - $115 per dose + $25 admin fee = $140.00

Flu vaccine - $19 per dose + $25 admin fee = $44.00

Flu vaccine high dose - $65 per dose + $25 admin fee = $90.00

We can now accept payment with GovPayNet - so you can swipe your debit or credit card here at our office or pay online.

Before you pay with GovPayNet we advise you to read the GovPayNet Fee Schedule and GovPayNet Terms of Service.

Please call our office at 518-873-3500 if you have questions about immunizations, fees or payment.

Top Immunization searches

Current immunization recommendations

School Requirements

Top 20 Questions and Answers About Immunizations 

We also field calls about vaccines and cancer prevention - such as the HPV vaccine.  

Traveler's Vaccine Clinics

Mountain Medical Urgent Care Services call 518-523-7575 or 518-897-1000

Plattsburgh Industrial Med. Testing call 518-562-2009

St. Lawrence County Department of Health Department call 315-386-2325

Warren County Public Health call 518-761-6580

In Vermont, UVM Travel Clinic call 802-847-1045

Traveler's Vaccinations

#getfitessexcounty! Get those hearts pumping with the "Love Your Ticker Two-Miler!" February isn't just about heart-shaped candy; it's a time to show some love to your most important muscle- your heart! Why? Because February is also American Heart Month, and in Essex County, heart disease the second leading cause of death for both men and women.
That's where the Love Your Ticker Two-Miler comes in. It's a month-long challenge designed to keep your heart healthy and give that statistic a serious run for its money. Let’s fight heart disease together, every day of February, walk, run or ski two miles.

What is Mpox?

Mpox is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. Mpox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and mpox is rarely fatal. Mpox is not related to chickenpox. JYNNEOS is a 2-dose vaccine developed to protect against mpox and smallpox infections. People need to get both doses of the vaccine for the best protection against mpox.

Mpox Vaccination Basics

 Updated March 22, 2023 from the CDC:

JYNNEOS (mpox vaccine) is a 2-dose vaccine. The second dose should be given 4 weeks after the first dose. Vaccination is an important tool in stopping the spread of mpox. 

To receive the Mpox Vaccine, call 518-873-3500 for an appointment.

 

The Office of Cannabis Management’s adult-use cannabis program improves access to safer, tested products for consumers while supporting the foundation of an equitable cannabis industry. The key to learning how cannabis might affect you is understanding different potencies, terpene combinations, and product forms.  Explore the consumer resources available below to learn how cannabis may affect you and tips on safer and responsible cannabis consumption. 

All consumer resources are intended for individuals 21 and over. 

To report an incident

Know the Law

How can a cannabis purchaser tell if they are buying regulated products from a licensed adult-use cannabis dispensary?

To make sure you are purchasing cannabis from a licensed dispensary, here are the steps to take:  

1. After locating a dispensary, look for the Dispensary Verification Tool, which is pictured below.

All licensed dispensaries are issued a Dispensary Verification Tool which is posted in the storefront. Scan the QR code to be directed to OCM's website with a list of all licensed adult-use cannabis dispensaries.

Find a Dispensary 

Get Healthy North Country (gethealthynoco.org) Sign up for online workshops to manage chronic pain.

DYK about our Car seat Program, Breastfeeding Support, Reproductive Health & More? - Go to the Family Health Page to Learn More! 

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DYK about our Chronic Disease Self Management Opportunities & Resources? - Go to the Chronic Disease Page to Learn More!