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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Influenza Declared Prevalent in New York State

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker has declared that influenza is now prevalent in New York State. This means that the flu is now widespread throughout the state, but it’s not too late to vaccinate!

The flu is spread through droplets. If an infected person coughs or sneezes on a surface, someone touching that surface can become infected. An infected person can also spread flu droplets directly into the mouth or nose of someone else if they are within six feet. Thorough hand-washing practices and avoiding ill people are both good ways to avoid the flu. Getting the flu vaccine decreases your chances of getting the flu and can also decrease your chances of getting severely ill if you do get the flu.

Tioga County Public Health has FREE flu shots available for Tioga County residents, ages three and up, that cannot afford the flu shot. To schedule an appointment, call us at 607-687-8600 (option 3) to speak to one of our nurses.

Tioga County Supervising Public Health Nurse, Mel Miller said, “The effectiveness of the flu shot varies each year, but whether it is 10% effective or 50% effective, people that get the flu shot are less likely to get the flu than those who don’t. And if vaccinated people do get the flu, their symptoms will be milder because of the vaccine.”

Flu season can start as early as October and run all the way into May. New York State Department of Health recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get the flu shot. Young children and people over 65 are the most at risk. Protect yourself and your loved ones! Get vaccinated today!

For question or more information call Tioga County Public Health at 687-8600, visit our website at, or check us out on Facebook!

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