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Nassau County Department of Health Awarded National Accreditation

1st Large Local Health Department in New York State to Receive This Distinction


Nassau County Department of Health announced that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments. Nassau County Department of Health is the first large local health department in New York State, and one of fewer than 200 nationally that has achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.


“I congratulate and am extremely proud of the Department of Health for obtaining this distinction and for their exemplary leadership in promoting the health of our residents,” said County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the Department of Health staff who have been consistently recognized as innovative leaders, as demonstrated by their National Model Practice awards.”


New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, said: “Local health departments play a critical role in the State’s mission to promote and protect the health of New Yorkers. I congratulate the Nassau County Department of Health and its Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein for meeting the high quality standards established by the Public Health Accreditation Board and achieving public health accreditation.”


“The Nassau County Department of Health is proud to have achieved accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board which recognizes that the quality of the programs and services that we provide are responsive to protecting and promoting the health of the residents of Nassau County,” said Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “This accreditation means that our department and the efforts of our dedicated staff have met or exceeded a rigorous, multifaceted, peer-reviewed assessment of quality standards and measures for public health departments.”


“Achieving accreditation indicates that Nassau County Department of Health is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of the community by striving to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers,” said Ray (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, chair of PHAB’s Board of Directors and affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.


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Nassau County Department Of Health Warns Of Potential Hepatitis A Exposure

The Nassau County Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of Hepatitis A virus in a food handler who worked at Park Delicatessen, located at 1420 Park Avenue in North Merrick. Patrons who consumed foods prepared on-site between August 2-5, August 9-11, August 16-18 and August 20, 2016 and may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.


Since the recommendation for immunization against Hepatitis A is within two weeks of exposure to a person with Hepatitis A infection, patrons are advised to observe for symptoms of Hepatitis A and consult with their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms of illness. Individuals who have been vaccinated for Hepatitis A or who have had the illness in the past are protected from Hepatitis A infection, and considered immune.


Hepatitis A is caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A virus may be spread by consuming food or drink that has been handled by an infected person. It may also be spread from person to person by placing something into the mouth that has been contaminated with the stool of a person with Hepatitis A.


The symptoms of Hepatitis A may range from mild to severe and include an abrupt onset of fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications. The symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15-50 days. There are no special medicines or antibiotics that can be used to treat a person once symptoms appear. Generally, bed rest is all that is needed. Thorough hand washing after bathroom use, and before, during and after food preparation is the most important means to prevent the spread of this and other intestinal illnesses. Sharing of food and utensils should be discouraged especially whenever anyone is ill.


For additional information on the potential Hepatitis A exposure at Park Delicatessen, please call the Nassau County Department of Health at 516-227-9639 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional information on Hepatitis A is available on the New York State Department of Health website at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1859/index.htm.


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Rabid Raccoon Reported In Nassau County

The New York State Department of Health reported that a raccoon submitted for analysis has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was recently collected in Hicksville by a licensed wildlife trapper. Raccoon rabies was first identified in Nassau County in 2004. Nassau County Department of Health has not reported a positive raccoon specimen since 2007.


In response to this finding, the Nassau County Department of Health is asking residents to call the Department of Health at 516-227-9663 if they see any dead raccoons for possible collection and rabies testing or any sick or abnormal acting animals.


Rabies is transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal. However, the virus may also be transmitted when the saliva of a rabid animal comes into contact with cut, open, or scratched skin lesions. To protect yourself from exposure to possible rabies:


• Keep domestic animals (dogs, cats, ferrets) on a leash and keep livestock confined in the evenings.

• Verify that your pets have current rabies vaccination, including dogs, cats, ferrets, livestock and horses.

• Do not touch or have contact with any animal other than your own.

• Do not touch dying or dead animals. If you must move them, use a shovel, wear heavy rubber gloves and double bag the carcass.

• Advise your family against approaching any unknown animal — wild or domestic — especially those acting in an unusual way.

• Instruct your children to tell you immediately if they were bitten or scratched by any animal.

• Notify the Health Department if a bat is found in a room where adults or children were sleeping, or if an adult enters a room and finds a bat with a child.

• Do not feed unknown animals and discourage them from seeking food near your home.

• Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside.


New York State law requires all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies. If an unvaccinated pet or one that’s overdue for its vaccination comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the pet must either be euthanized or strictly quarantined for six months. However, if a vaccinated animal comes into contact with a wild animal, it needs only a booster vaccination, but this immunization must be administered within five days of exposure. To protect your family and your pet, it is absolutely essential that your animals have up-to-date rabies inoculations.


Individuals bitten or scratched by any animal should immediately contact their physicians or seek medical help at a hospital emergency room and then call the Nassau County Department of Health at 516-227-9663.


For additional information on raccoon rabies visit the Nassau County Department of Health website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2048/Rabies


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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Nassau County Department of Health Reminds Parents of Importance of Vaccinations


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, remind parents that updating their children’s vaccinations should be added to their back-to-school list. Vaccines offer the best known protection against many devastating illnesses.


“Nassau County continues to see cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, mumps and pertussis,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “The single best way to protect our children and the entire community from these serious and potentially life-threatening diseases is by ensuring appropriate vaccinations.”


The following is the New York State school immunization requirements for school entrance/attendance:

Vaccines Pre-Kindergarten

(Day Care, Nursery, Head Start, or Pre-K)

School (K-12)
Diphtheria Toxoid-Containing Vaccine 3 doses 3 doses
Tetanus Toxoid-Containing Vaccine and Pertussis Vaccine (DTaP, DTP) 3 doses if born on or after 1/1/2005 3 doses if born on or after 1/1/2005
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Booster (Tdap) Not applicable Born on or after 1/1/1994 and enrolling in grades 6 through 10 for the 2013-2014 school year.1 dose
Polio (IPV or OPV) 3 doses 3 doses
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) 1 dose 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine and 1 dose each of mumps and rubella (preferably as MMR)
Hepatitis B 3 doses 3 doses
Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) 3 doses if less than 15 months of age or 1 dose administered on or after 15 months of age Not applicable
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) Born on or after 1/1/2008

4 doses by 15 months of age,

given at age-appropriate times and intervals

Not applicable
Varicella (Chickenpox)

1 dose

Born on or after 1/1/2000 1 dose


In addition to the immunizations required by day cares, nursery, pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, the following are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: influenza, meningococcal, rotavirus, hepatitis A, and human papilloma virus vaccines. These groups also recommend additional doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, mumps, rubella, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b, and varicella vaccines. Some of these may be obligatory for enrollment in post-secondary schools or health care training programs. New York State’s Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides required vaccines to health care providers at no cost for uninsured children and those whose health insurance does not cover childhood immunizations.


The Nassau County Department of Health also reminds adults that they never outgrow the need for vaccines. The specific immunizations needed are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, presence of high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunization history.


For additional information, visit the Nassau County Department of Health website at www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/immunizations.html or call the Immunization Hotline weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at (516) 227-9416.


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Mangano Encourages Residents To Participate In National Blood Donor Month

In recognition of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is partnering with the Nassau County Department of Health, the Hispanic Counseling Center and NuHealth to sponsor a Nassau County Blood Drive.


“Donating blood is a simple life-saving gift, and I encourage all who are in good health to consider giving back this New Year,” said County Executive Mangano “With blood shortages throughout the nation, your donation could help save a life.”


For over 40 years, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. The need for blood locally is constant, but due to inclement weather, holiday travel schedules and illnesses, January is often a difficult month to collect blood donations.


Donating blood takes approximately one hour. Donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older. No appointment is necessary. For additional information, contact the Nassau County Department of Health at 516-227-9675 or the Hispanic Counseling Center at 516-538-2613. The blood drive will take place on:


WHEN: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm


WHERE: Hispanic Counseling Center, Inc., 344 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550


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Department Of Health Selected as a Host Site for the CDC Associate Program

Department of Health Awarded Four Public Health Associates


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced and congratulated the Department of Health on being selected as a host site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2013 Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). The Department of Health successfully applied for, and was awarded four Public Health Associates out of the 150 awarded nationally. PHAP is a competitive, two year paid fellowship within the CDC, which allows recently graduated public health professionals to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. Nassau County Department of Health has been awarded this prestigious opportunity three times in the four year history of the program, and has been invited to host 6 associates in total.


“The Department of Health was awarded four public health associates from a large competitive field nationwide” said County Executive Mangano. “Nassau County will again benefit from associates who have attained academic success and now seek to further develop their public health training through placement at the Department of Health. I am proud of the Department of Health’s accomplishment.”


“With almost 4,000 local health departments nationwide, I am honored again that Nassau County was chosen by the CDC to be a host agency,” said Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, Commissioner of Health. “The associate program provides the Department of Health with promising leaders who assist in our mission of protecting and promoting the health of the residents of Nassau County.”


PHAP’s mission is to establish a pipeline of entry-level, frontline public health professionals who, through training and field experience, are capable of meeting public health workforce needs at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels. During this 2-year program the associates will work on projects aimed at the prevention of childhood lead poisoning, public health emergency preparedness, minority health, tuberculosis control, communicable disease control, environmental protection and injury prevention. Upon completion of delivering frontline program services for the Nassau County Department of Health, these associates will be qualified to compete for entry-level career positions as a CDC public health advisor and equivalent positions in public health operations at the local and state levels throughout the United States.


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