FAQ: Health

Q: How do I get my child tested for lead exposure if I have no insurance?

A: The Health Department provides free testing to those who qualify. For further information, contact us (845) 340-3070.

Q: How are children exposed to lead?

A:  Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the main sources of exposure for lead in U.S. children. Lead-based paints were banned in housing in 1978. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint.  And, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem.  If you are living in a home that was built before 1978 it is important that you have your home inspected for lead contamination and, if found, to have it removed by a certified contractor. It’s also a good idea to have your healthcare provider check your children for blood lead levels. For further information, contact us (845) 340-3010. For more information, click here.

Q: I am a new mom and would like information about infant care needs and the growth and development of my child.

A: The Health Department offers in-home nursing visits to new moms and also contacts them to resources within the community. For further information contact the Kingston Office at (845) 340-3070. 

Q: Where can I obtain information and resources for children with special health care needs?

A:   Ulster County has a Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program (CYSHCN) Contact the (CYSHCN) Coordinator at (845) 340-3070 or click here for more information.

Q: What do I need to bring to have my child immunized?

A: You must bring to the appointment the child's immunization record and your current insurance card. When you call (845) 340-3070 for an appointment, staff will review insurance requirements for vaccine coverage with you. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under 18 years of age to the appointment.

Q: How do I get immunizations for my child?

A: Parent/guardian must call the Health Department Kingston Office at (845) 340-3070. For clinic schedule details, click here.