Take Charge of Your Health: Protect Your Water

By Virginia Zombek

(Wampsville, NY – April 2013) There is so much to know about our drinking water. Where does it come from and how does it get into our homes? How is it cleaned before we drink it? What can we do to protect it?

One way to protect our natural water sources is […]

Protect your Children by Vaccinating on Time

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By Jo Perkins

(Madison County, NY- April 2013) Parents agree that healthy eating and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.


Lead: the Hidden Poison

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By Jo Perkins

(Madison County, NY – Oct. 2012) Anyone can suffer from lead poisoning, but children are especially at risk because they like to put things in their mouths and their bodies absorb lead more easily than adults’ bodies.

Pregnant women can also pass lead through their bodies to their babies.

Lead […]

Catch Those Bats!

By Virginia Zombek

(Wampsville, NY – Sept. 2012) Two Madison County residents recently received rabies post-exposure prophylaxis treatments unnecessarily because the bats that possibly exposed them to the deadly rabies virus were released instead of being captured for testing.

Any time a person is exposed to the bite, scratch or saliva of a possibly rabid […]

Health Information on the Internet

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By Jo Perkins

(Wampsville, NY – Sept. 2012) Lots of people search for health information on the internet. Sometimes the information found is just what they need. Other searches end in frustration or worse: finding incorrect, even dangerous, information.

To find reliable health information on the internet, ask yourself the following questions:

Can […]

Re-Think Your Drink

(Wampsville, NY – July 2012) What is more refreshing during the summer heat than a cold can of soda or a glass of lemonade? These drinks may taste great, but did you know that your large sweetened drink could be adding about 400 calories to your daily total? To burn those extra 400 calories, […]

Car Seat Check to be Held in Morrisville

(Morrisville, NY – July 2012) A car seat check will be held on Thursday July 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Brooks Hall parking lot on Route 20 in Morrisville.

If you want to ensure that your child’s car seat is safe and installed correctly, be sure to stop by. Trained staff will be […]

Your Source for Local Health Information

By Jennifer McGohan

(Wampsville, NY – June 2012) Have you ever discovered a bat in your home and wondered how to capture it safely for rabies testing? Go to the Madison County Health Department’s website to watch a video to learn how. Looking for results from the Health Department’s summer mosquito surveillance program? Check […]

Shingles Vaccine for Seniors Offered

(Madison County, NY – April 2012) The Madison County Department of Health is offering Zostavax, a vaccine that helps to prevent Shingles to anyone over the age of 60.

It is recommended that all adults, age 60 years and older, receive one dose of zoster vaccine, including persons who have already had an episode of […]