Preventative Services


Preventive Health Programs are intended to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health and safety of Lewis County residents.

Our programs include:

childicon.png Immunizations for Children

Clinic Hours: Tuesdays, 9-10:30am | First Wednesday of the Month, 3-5pm

For Information on Childhood Vaccines: Vaccines for Your Children

For Information on School Required Vaccines: 2018-2019 School Year Immunization Requirements

We offer all of the recommended vaccines for your child.  We accept most insurances at our clinic.  If your child does not have insurance, we offer free vaccines.  

adult icon.pngImmunizations for Adults

Clinic Hours: Tuesdays, 9-10:30am | First Wednesday of the Month, 3-5pm

For more information on Adult Vaccines: Vaccines for Adults 

We offer the most recommended vaccines for adults.  If we do not carry a vaccine, we can refer you to a location that does carry the vaccine.  We accept most insurances at our clinic.  If you do not have insurance, we offer free vaccines.  

traveler icon.pngImmunizations for Travelers

Some of the worst diseases are just a plane ride away.  If you are planning to travel, call Lewis County Public Health to see if you require any immunizations before you leave.  

Travel immunizations are by appointment only.  

leadtesticon.pngLead Poisoning Prevention

All children should have a blood lead test done at ages one and two.  We offer a simple finger prick test at our office.  All testing is free. 

Information for Parents: Lead Information

Free Test for Lead in your Drinking Water: Free Test

raibies icon.pngRabies Prevention

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  Infected mammals can transmit rabies virus to humans and other mammals.  Rabies are almost always fatal once symptoms appear.  Fortunately, only a few cases are reported each year in the United States. 

There are several ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from rabies: 

  • Stay away from all wildlife, no matter how tempting it is to capture them
  • Don't feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats
  • If you see a raccoon, bat, skunk or fox, stay away and keep children away
  • Don't try to separate two fighting animals and wear gloves if you handle your pet after a fight
  • Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to Lewis County Public Health
  • Encourage children to immediately tell an adult if they are bitten by an animal
  • Try to keep track of the animal that exposed you and report this information so the animal can be captured safely, if possible
  • If a bat is found indoors, do not let it go - close all windows and doors
  • Bats can usually be captured wearing gloves and a coffee can, and then contact your local health department to have it submitted for rabies testing
  • If you, or your pet, are bitten by an animal, immediately wash all wounds thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention
  • If you are dealing with a dead wild animal, the animal may be double bagged and kept on ice, until it can be tested - always wear gloves, use a shovel, and clean the area and tools with one part bleach to nine parts water, and keep dead animal in protected area away from people and other animals

Testing of wild animals is available by the USDA Wildlife Services Agency.  This agency will test animals that have not had contact with a person or animal.  If you find a wild animal and feel it should be tested for rabies, call Lewis County Public Health.   

mosquitoicon.pngMosquito-Borne Diseases

For more information: 

EEE Virus

West Nile

Zika Virus 


To find out how to prevent tick bites, remove ticks, and where ticks live, click here! 

chronicdiseaseicon.pngChronic Disease Prevention

Supervisor: Ashley Waite, RN, BSN, MPH

Supervising Public Health Nurse

Telephone: (315) 376-5453

Hours of Operation:
M - F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Prevent Team:

Maryann Vargulick, PHN

Communicable Disease Nurse

Mary Kimbrell, RN

Health Educator

Ellen Scanlon, RN

Immunization and Lead Poisoning Prevention Coordinator