Two new cases of measles have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 26. The outbreak remains centered in Northern Manhattan, with 12 pediatric and 14 adult cases confirmed to date. One of the new cases is unrelated to the outbreak and was associated with foreign travel. After more than two weeks since the last confirmed case, this is a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant.

There are steps everyone can take to stop this outbreak. To prevent additional cases, I am calling on all urgent care centers, emergency departments, and clinics to promptly recognize measles symptoms in their patients and take necessary precautions. New Yorkers, please do your part and make sure your family is vaccinated. If you suspect you have measles, call your medical provider before seeking medical attention to avoid exposing others to this highly contagious virus.

NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett

Link to the statement here.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

 
Did You Know?
In 2011, 341 New Yorkers were killed by alcohol-related injuries.
Excessive drinking killed more than 1700 New Yorkers in 2011.
One in ten hospitalizations in NYC is alcohol-related.
Young people who drink before age 15 are 2.5 times more likely to develop problem alcohol use than those who begin drinking at age 21.
 

How much is too much?
For men, excessive drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in a short period of time, such as 2 hours, or more than 14 drinks a week.
For women, excessive drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks in a short period of time, or more than 7 drinks per week.

 
Need help cutting back?
Visit Rethinking Drinking, Alcohol & Your Health for tips and tools you can use.
Visit 1.usa.gov/1s8sOEo to find an alcohol abuse treatment program.
Call 1-800-LIFENET for confidential information, advice, and referrals. Available 24/7.

 
Looking for more information?

Check out our resources on excessive drinking and underage drinking. Also check out our guide for teens!

April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

 

Did You Know?

  • In 2011, 341 New Yorkers were killed by alcohol-related injuries.
  • Excessive drinking killed more than 1700 New Yorkers in 2011.
  • One in ten hospitalizations in NYC is alcohol-related.
  • Young people who drink before age 15 are 2.5 times more likely to develop problem alcohol use than those who begin drinking at age 21.

 

How much is too much?

For men, excessive drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in a short period of time, such as 2 hours, or more than 14 drinks a week.

For women, excessive drinking is defined as 4 or more drinks in a short period of time, or more than 7 drinks per week.

 

Need help cutting back?

Visit Rethinking Drinking, Alcohol & Your Health for tips and tools you can use.

Visit 1.usa.gov/1s8sOEo to find an alcohol abuse treatment program.

Call 1-800-LIFENET for confidential information, advice, and referrals. Available 24/7.

 

Looking for more information?

Check out our resources on excessive drinking and underage drinking. Also check out our guide for teens!

Having Trouble Securing Your First Job as an RN?

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Get the experience, skills, and confidence you need to secure your first nursing job.

Applications are due Friday, Apr. 18.

The Registered Nurse (RN) Transition to Practice Program is a highly competitive program designed to help newly licensed RNs with limited experience secure their first nursing job in hospitals and specialty units that have identified a hiring need.

This no-cost, six-month program provides additional education and clinical experience for newly licensed RNs that are currently unemployed or underemployed.

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Thursday, April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!
Getting tested for HIV is now just a text away. Text “TestNYC” to 877877 to find testing locations near you.
Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers under age 30 are currently living with HIV.
Do you know your HIV status? Do you also know that you can get a free HIV test today and get your results in less than 30 minutes? In the state of NY, if you are <18, you may consent to STI testing and treatment and HIV testing without parental consent.
Don’t delay—text ‘TestNYC’ to 877877 and get tested today.

To help stop HIV in NYC, remember to:
Stay Safe—Condoms provide excellent protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. NYC Health distributes free condoms in over 3,500 locations throughout the five boroughs of NYC. Click here for more information about free NYC Condoms or download the NYC Condom finder app on Android or iOS.
Get Tested – Call 311 or text ‘TestNYC’ to 877877 to find local testing sites at any time throughout the year.

Get Treated – If you are living with HIV, get medical care. For  help finding youth-friendly care in NYC, text ‘CARE’ and then ‘YOUTH’ to 877877.

Thursday, April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

Getting tested for HIV is now just a text away. Text “TestNYC” to 877877 to find testing locations near you.

Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers under age 30 are currently living with HIV.

Do you know your HIV status? Do you also know that you can get a free HIV test today and get your results in less than 30 minutes? In the state of NY, if you are <18, you may consent to STI testing and treatment and HIV testing without parental consent.

Don’t delay—text ‘TestNYC’ to 877877 and get tested today.

To help stop HIV in NYC, remember to:

Stay Safe—Condoms provide excellent protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. NYC Health distributes free condoms in over 3,500 locations throughout the five boroughs of NYC. Click here for more information about free NYC Condoms or download the NYC Condom finder app on Android or iOS.

Get Tested – Call 311 or text ‘TestNYC’ to 877877 to find local testing sites at any time throughout the year.

Get Treated – If you are living with HIV, get medical care. For  help finding youth-friendly care in NYC, text ‘CARE’ and then ‘YOUTH’ to 877877.

Twenty-five cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City, including three new cases on the Lower East Side. The Health Department has confirmed 12 pediatric cases and 13 adult cases since February. I urge New Yorkers to ensure all household members, including young children 12 months and older, are vaccinated. Measles is highly contagious and can spread easily through the air. If you suspect you have measles, please call your medical provider before seeking medical attention to avoid exposing others to the measles virus. I strongly advise all urgent care centers, emergency departments, and clinics to educate your staff about measles and ensure that all patients who may have measles are immediately isolated.

NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett

Today, NYC’s Health Commissioner released a statement on the City’s 25 recently confirmed measles cases, urging medical professionals to educate staff on the virus and warning those who may be exposed to prevent spreading the the virus to others.

New Yorkers are urged to make sure all household members, including young children, are vaccinated.

For more information on measles and the MMR vaccine that prevents the virus, visit on.nyc.gov/1dOIxEQ.

Get help to quit smoking!
Tomorrow, April 1st 2014, is your last day to sign up to receive free nicotine patches and gum to help you quit!

Visit bit.ly/NycgpK to sign up online today, or call 311 for more information.

Get help to quit smoking!

Tomorrow, April 1st 2014, is your last day to sign up to receive free nicotine patches and gum to help you quit!

Visit bit.ly/NycgpK to sign up online today, or call 311 for more information.

Today is the deadline! Visit NYStateofHealth.ny.gov to enroll, or call 311 for more information.

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Sign up for the Affordable Care Act by Monday, March 31st! #GetCovered

Throwback Thursday: The NYC Health Dept. puts up a poisoning prevention billboard, circa 1958.
How can New Yorkers prevent accidental poisonings today?
Learn more about common household poisons and how to poison-proof your home here.

The NYC Poison Control Center is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for treatment advice about exposures to poisons or questions about medicine safety. Pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information are there to give advice. All calls are free and confidential. Translator services are provided in more than 150 languages. Call any time at 1-800-222-1222 or 212-POISONS (212-764-7667).

Throwback Thursday: The NYC Health Dept. puts up a poisoning prevention billboard, circa 1958.

How can New Yorkers prevent accidental poisonings today?

Learn more about common household poisons and how to poison-proof your home here.

The NYC Poison Control Center is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for treatment advice about exposures to poisons or questions about medicine safety. Pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information are there to give advice. All calls are free and confidential. Translator services are provided in more than 150 languages. Call any time at 1-800-222-1222 or 212-POISONS (212-764-7667).

There is less than one week left to sign up for affordable health insurance!

 
Why sign up?
Accidents happen. Without health insurance, you may end up paying significantly more out of pocket if you get sick or are injured.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. With health insurance, you’ll have access to preventive services that will help keep you from getting sick or injured.
It’s more affordable than you think. There are several health insurance options available based on your income and family size.


How?
Sign up online by visiting Nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
Call 311 for more information about locations around the city providing free in-person help signing up for health insurance. Assistance is also available in multiple languages.

When?
Sign up by March 31, 2014 for health coverage beginning May 1, 2014.

There is less than one week left to sign up for affordable health insurance!

 

Why sign up?

  • Accidents happen. Without health insurance, you may end up paying significantly more out of pocket if you get sick or are injured.
  • Don’t wait until it’s too late. With health insurance, you’ll have access to preventive services that will help keep you from getting sick or injured.
  • It’s more affordable than you think. There are several health insurance options available based on your income and family size.

How?

  • Sign up online by visiting Nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
  • Call 311 for more information about locations around the city providing free in-person help signing up for health insurance. Assistance is also available in multiple languages.

When?

Sign up by March 31, 2014 for health coverage beginning May 1, 2014.

Today the NYC Health Department and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced they are releasing for public comment new restaurant grading rules designed to reduce fines and provide additional educational resources to help restaurants maintain their high health standards and succeed throughout New York City. Under the new rules, which include fixed penalties, restaurants will see a 25% reduction in fines, returning to pre-grading levels despite more frequent inspections. Restaurant owners will also have the opportunity to request a consultative, ungraded and penalty-free inspection to receive tailored advice about maintaining the best food safety practices at their establishment. This will help restaurants prepare for their next inspection and give them the information and tools to improve their chances to earn an A.
The City Council has worked extensively to reform the City’s restaurant grading system. In October, following comprehensive forums, hearings, and a citywide restaurant inspection survey conducted by the Council, the Council passed a sweeping legislative package to improve the oversight and the performance of the restaurant inspection system.
In addition to the reduced fines and penalty-free inspections, the collaboration between the Health Department and City Council will make the entire inspection process more transparent and inclusive of small business owners.
Read the full press release here.

How is NYC’s restaurant grading system doing so far? Check out some facts and figures below and read the full list here:
91% of New Yorkers approve of restaurant grading
88% of New Yorkers use grades in making their dining decisions
88% of the restaurants in New York City post an A grade
There has been a 14% drop in salmonella cases in NYC since the grade implementation in 2010
Over the last two years, critical violations issued to restaurants has dropped nearly 20%

Today the NYC Health Department and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced they are releasing for public comment new restaurant grading rules designed to reduce fines and provide additional educational resources to help restaurants maintain their high health standards and succeed throughout New York City. Under the new rules, which include fixed penalties, restaurants will see a 25% reduction in fines, returning to pre-grading levels despite more frequent inspections. Restaurant owners will also have the opportunity to request a consultative, ungraded and penalty-free inspection to receive tailored advice about maintaining the best food safety practices at their establishment. This will help restaurants prepare for their next inspection and give them the information and tools to improve their chances to earn an A.

The City Council has worked extensively to reform the City’s restaurant grading system. In October, following comprehensive forums, hearings, and a citywide restaurant inspection survey conducted by the Council, the Council passed a sweeping legislative package to improve the oversight and the performance of the restaurant inspection system.

In addition to the reduced fines and penalty-free inspections, the collaboration between the Health Department and City Council will make the entire inspection process more transparent and inclusive of small business owners.

Read the full press release here.

How is NYC’s restaurant grading system doing so far? Check out some facts and figures below and read the full list here:

  • 91% of New Yorkers approve of restaurant grading
  • 88% of New Yorkers use grades in making their dining decisions
  • 88% of the restaurants in New York City post an A grade
  • There has been a 14% drop in salmonella cases in NYC since the grade implementation in 2010
  • Over the last two years, critical violations issued to restaurants has dropped nearly 20%