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Oral Rabies Vaccine


Sunday, October 12, 2014
USDA and Cornell to Vaccinate Raccoons in Parts of Staten Island to Help Prevent Spread of Rabies
On Tues., Oct. 14 and Weds., Oct. 15, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., wildlife biologists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University will distribute oral rabies vaccine (ORV) in Staten Island. A low flying USDA helicopter will be used to target the distribution of bait in raccoon habitats, which will include woods, bushes, streambeds, sewers and other areas. Baits will not intentionally be dropped in dense residential areas or on roadways, parking lots, or open fields. Cornell received State funding to pursue this program in New York City, and it is an expansion of a program being conducted in Long Island and parts of upstate New York
PRESS RELEASE # 041-14




Mental Health First Aid Training


Friday, October 10, 2014
First Lady McCray Holds Mental Health First Aid Training With Commissioner Bassett, Other Top Administration Officials
In recognition of World Mental Health Day, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett are participating today in a Mental Health First Aid training. The First Lady and Commissioner Bassett were joined by the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton, City Council Mental Health Committee Chair Andrew Cohen and representatives from the NYPD, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), and Community Affairs Unit (CAU).
PRESS RELEASE # 040-14




Transgender Birth Certificate Applicants


Tuesday, October 7, 2014
New York City Proposes Changes to Make It Easier for Transgender New Yorkers to Change Their Birth Certificates
The Health Department and the City Council ay proposed changes to simplify the requirements for transgender birth certificate applicants. The Health Department proposed a resolution to amend Article 207 of the New York City Health Code to remove both the name change and the convertive surgery requirements for transgender birth certificate applications. City Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson introduced similar legislation today to codify the changes into the Administrative Code.
PRESS RELEASE # 039-14




Lead Poisoning


Monday, October 6, 2014
Health Department Announces Number of Young Children in NYC with Lead Poisoning At Historic Low
The number of young children with lead poisoning in New York City in 2013 is at a historic low, the Health Department recently announced in its annual report to the City Council. In 2013 there were 805 children under 6 years of age newly identified with lead poisoning, a 13 percent decline compared to 2012, when the total was 923. The number of childhood lead poisoning cases has declined 70 percent since 2005, but lead poisoning continues to disproportionally affect children of color and children living in low income neighborhoods.
PRESS RELEASE # 038-14




influenza vaccination


Thursday, October 2, 2014
Health Commissioner Bassett Gives Flu Shot To City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito & Health Committee Chair Johnson to Encourage New Yorkers to Get Vaccinated
The Health Department, in partnership with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and Walgreens/Duane Reade, held a free influenza vaccination clinic at its East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office to kick off the start of the 2014-15 influenza season. In addition to receiving her own flu shot on site, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett administered flu shots to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson.
PRESS RELEASE # 037-14




Farm  to Preschool


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Health Department Launches New Farm to Preschool Program
The Health Department, in partnership with GrowNYC and Corbin Hill Food Project, announced the launch of Farm to Preschool, a new initiative that brings fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to 11 participating preschools across the city. Once a week at each site, parents, preschool staff and community members can purchase a farm fresh produce box containing a variety of seven to 10 locally grown fruits and vegetables. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión made this announcement at the Bishop Sexton Head Start in Brooklyn, one of the more than 1,100 sites in New York City offering free, high-quality pre-K this year.
PRESS RELEASE # 036-14




Smoking Increase


Monday, September 15, 2014
New Health Department Data Show Increase in Adult Smoking Rate
The Health Department released new 2013 data showing 16.1 percent of adult New Yorkers are smokers, a significant increase from the city’s lowest recorded adult smoking rate of 14 percent in 2010. For the first time since 2007, there are over one million smokers in New York City who are at risk of developing a smoking-related illness, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, emphysema, lung and other cancers.
PRESS RELEASE # 035-14




Oral Rabies Vaccine


Wednesday, September 10, 2014
USDA and Cornell to Vaccinate Raccoons in Parts of Brooklyn and Queens to Help Prevent Spread of Rabies
During September, wildlife biologists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University will distribute oral rabies vaccine (ORV) along the southern border of Brooklyn and Queens to prevent the spread of rabies virus among raccoons. Cornell received State funding to pursue this program in New York City, and it is an expansion of a program being conducted in Long Island and parts of upstate New York. In New York City and New York State, animal rabies occurs primarily in raccoons, bats and skunks.
PRESS RELEASE # 033-14




Dog Licensing Events


Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Health Department to Hold Two Rabies Vaccination and Dog Licensing Events Over Next Two Weekends
For the next two weekends in September, the Health Department and Animal Care & Control of NYC, in partnership with NYC Parks, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, State Senator Martin J. Golden and Assemblyman Joseph Borelli, will provide free vaccinations against rabies to dogs and cats in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Rabies occurs in New York City in bats, raccoons, and occasionally in cats; vaccinating your pet provides protection if they are bitten by one of these animals.
PRESS RELEASE # 034-14




Overdose Awareness Day


Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Health Department to Distribute 200 Doses of Naloxone Today to Prevent Fatal Opioid Overdoses in New York City
In recognition of Mayor Bill de Blasio declaring New York City’s first Overdose Awareness Day, the Health Department will train New Yorkers on overdose prevention and distribute 200 doses of naloxone. According to a new Health Department Epi Data Brief (PDF), 77 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013 involved an opioid, including opioid analgesics (prescription painkillers), methadone, or heroin. On average, there is more than one fatal opioid overdose a day in New York City. Since 2010, more than 25,000 naloxone kits have been distributed and at least 500 overdoses in New York City have been reversed by using naloxone.
PRESS RELEASE # 032-14



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