Lisa McCafferty , R.S., MPH
Public Health Director


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1062 State Route 38
PO Box 120
Owego, NY 13827

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Healthy Neighborhoods Program

How Safe Is Your Home?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety.  An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!

 Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!

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December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

Last Updated: Friday, December 1, 2017

December is here! Are you prepared? It is the time for holiday celebrations, family gatherings and
flu season. December 3-9, 2017 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. In observance of this
week, Tioga County Public Health is encouraging people who have not gotten the flu shot to get
one now to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Tioga County Supervising Public Health Nurse, Mel Miller said, “Flu shots not only protect the
people that get them; they also protect anyone around them who is vulnerable to the flu but not
able to get the vaccine. For example, babies less than six months old can’t get the vaccine, but
could become very ill if they got the flu”.

Tioga County Public Health has a limited supply of FREE flu shots available to Tioga County
residents, ages three and up, who cannot afford the flu shot. Call us at 607-687-8600 (option 3) to
schedule an appointment or if you have questions!

It is not too late to get your flu vaccination! While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as
October, flu activity is usually highest between December and February, and can last through May.
People from six months of age on up are eligible and encouraged to get a flu shot. Flu shots have
been administered to people safely for decades and have provided good protection against the flu

In addition to getting the flu vaccination, it’s also important to practice good health habits:

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your elbow, not your hands.
  • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you
    aren’t near a sink.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Flu can spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and do not return to school or work (or group activities like
    church) until you have been fever-free without medication for at least 24-hours.

Once vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best
step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. Call your doctor, pharmacy, or Tioga
County Public Health to get vaccinated. Visit or call us at 687-8600 for
more information.

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