Public Health Clinics
The Chemung County Health Department offers many clinics. They include communicable disease, immunizations, lead poisoning, STD/HIV, and tuberculosis. Please call before coming in as services and schedules may have changed due to COVID-19.
Communicable Disease Program
Public Health Nurses maintain close surveillance for communicable disease in Chemung County, working closely with local hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, school nurses, college infirmaries, prisons, the county jail and local physicians. Evaluation, diagnosis, verification, and follow-up on reports of food and water borne illness, rabies exposure, lyme disease, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and vaccine preventable diseases are conducted. Efforts to minimize the spread of infection are performed by a staff of registered nurses and the Public Health Educator. The Environmental Health Department works closely with infection control nurses to identify and eliminate areas of potential problems. Communicable disease fact sheets can be found here.
Foodborne Illnesses - A subcategory of communicable disease control is associated with foodborne illnesses prevention. One of our main goals in the Food Service program (Environmental Health Services) is to prevent illness associated with foodborne pathogens ("bugs"). Many of the requirements for Food Service Establishments have been created to prevent foodborne illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created The "Bad Bug Book" as a resource to learn more about the various foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins that could cause foodborne illness. View a copy of the "Bad Bug Book"
Please note that immunizations are now only given by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Health Department at 737-2488. *Parents are asked to bring previous vaccination records if available. See vaccination schedules below.The CDC Vaccine and Immunization website can be found here.
Please visit www.immunyze.org to learn about "The Campaign to Immunyze All New Yorkers."
Lead Poisoning Prevention
New York State recommends lead testing for children at 1 and 2 years of age! Fingerstick lead screening is available at the Health Department (607-737-2028, press 2) by appointment only. For more information on the Chemung County Health Department's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, call (607) 737-2028, press 2
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
The STD/HIV clinic is by appointment only. Please call 607-737-2028 option 2 to schedule an appointment. *Clinic services are free, confidential or anonymous, and available to anyone age 12 and over. The clinic tests and offers treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomonas. For more information on these infections,
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For more information on the STD/HIV clinic, call (607) 737-2028 and press 2.
Tuberculosis (TB) Services
The Chemung County Public Health office assists in activities to reduce the spread of tuberculosis disease through case detection and case management. Tuberculosis evaluations, health education, and treatment are available free of charge in Chemung County.
If you test positive through a PPD skin test or blood test from your provider, medical care and treatment can be provided by the Public Health office. The office can assist with referrals to specialists, medication monitoring by an RN, and a variety of related services such as lab work and x-rays. Family outreach and support is also available.
To inquire about evaluation or treatment for TB, please call (607) 737-2488.
Please note: Tuberculin skin tests are no longer provided at the Chemung County Health Department. For pre-employment TB testing, please contact Arnot Health Occupational Medicine at (607) 737-4539.