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Public Health

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) supports, protects and improves the health of our community.


Tickborne Illness Dashboard
SCPHS launched a new Tickborne illness Prevention Dashboard to raise awareness and educate residents on the prevalence of ticks and tickborne illnesses within the County. The dashboard also includes prevention informaiton, tick data collected by the NYS Department of Health and a link to an EPA-registered repellents search tool.
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Request a Free Tick Kit

A limited number of free tick kits are available through SCPHS. 

To request a kit, call (518) 386-2810.

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Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness, however it can result in hospitalization or death. That is why health officials in New York, the U.S., and around the world are monitoring cases of monkeypox in areas that do not usually report cases of monkeypox infections, including New York State. 

While New Yorkers should not be alarmed, everyone should stay informed about monkeypox. This means understanding the symptoms, how it spreads, and what to do if you are exposed. 

Learning More about Monkeypox

To stay up to date on information about monkeypox please use the links below. 

New York State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control 

Monkeypox Vaccine

The amounts of the JYNNEOs vaccine are limited and being distributed by the CDC. Currently the demand for the vaccine is outstripping the supply. If you are at higher risk for monkeypox the best thing you can do is stay informed about monkeypox and talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns. 

Benefits of Flu Vaccination

The flu vaccination is key in aiding in protecting you, your family, and neighbors from the serious, even life-threatening, complications of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Benefits of Flu Vaccination:*

  • It can keep you from getting sick with the flu;
  • It can reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick; 
  • It can reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with flu;
  • It can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from the flu; and
  • Getting vaccinated yourself can also protect people around you, including those who are most vulnerable to serious flu illness, including babies and young children, older people and those with certain chronic health conditions.

*Source: CDC

Who Should get a Flu Vaccination?

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) encourages all residents, particularly those working with the public, to receive the flu vaccine. The CDC recommends the seasonal flu vaccine for everyone six months or older, especially those individuals who are: 

  • Pregnant;
  • Children 6 months to 18 years of age;
  • Adults 50 years of age or older;
  • Individuals with health conditions that put them at risk of complications from flu; and
  • Healthcare workers.
Where Can I get a Flu Vaccination?

Flu shots are available at low- or no-cost from many area pharmacists and medical offices. Contact your doctor or locate a participating pharmacy near you by using the vaccine finder.  Click here for the Vaccine Finder