Health Compass


What Does it Mean for You?

NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace, is where New Yorkers can shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage.  You have a choice of health plans and help finding the plan that is right for you.  It’s the only place to get financial assistance to reduce the cost of coverage.Health insurance offered in the Marketplace includes a comprehensive set of benefits. To learn more, visit or call         1-855-355-5777.

Bed bugs, a problem worldwide, are resurging, causing property loss, expense, and inconvenience. The good news is that bed bugs do not transmit disease. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for signs of an infestation.
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV but who are at very high risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.
Has Your College Student Received all their Recommended Immunizations? You’ve sent your young adult off to college – good job! Getting them ready for college takes a lot of work and preparation. Between applications, essays, campus visits, etc., it can be easy to forget some things. One important detail that you can’t afford to miss is getting the appropriate college immunizations to keep your loved one healthy. Vaccine-preventable diseases are still in existence in this country, and the combination of…
Tetanus is caused by a toxin (poison) produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. The C. tetani bacteria cannot grow in the presence of oxygen. They produce spores that are very difficult to kill as they are resistant to heat and many chemical agents.
Have you checked yourself or children for ticks? If not, you should consider doing so every day. There are ticks in Lewis County carrying Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection that can cause skin, joint, heart, and nervous system problems. It is caused by bacteria spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. When in wooded, grassy, and brushy areas, avoid contact with low-lying vegetation.
As the weather warms up, animals start to stir. Please make sure you are leaving wild life alone. Do not feed, pet, or water wild animals. Prevent attraction to your yard by making sure all trash is stored properly, there's no human or pet food left out or around the house. If you encounter a bat in the house please call us at 376-5453 immediately! If you have any contact with a wild animal please call Public Health for guidance.…