Dr. Gale Burstein

Influenza Rises in Erie County

Influenza Cases on the Rise in Erie County Surveillance Data Shows Number of New Cases Rising Steadily ERIE COUNTY, NY— Influenza has arrived in Erie County, as well as in the rest of New York State. While generally the flu season here peaks in cases in mid-February, this season’s flu activity has been steadily increasing since mid-December. Influenza is a serious respiratory infection that is res... »

Take Time to Get a Flu Vaccination!

ERIE COUNTY, NY— No, it’s not too late. In addition to holidays and sweater weather, winter brings with it the flu season. This year, experts are warning that flu season may be particularly severe. The Western New York flu incidence remains low, but is expected to rise in the winter months when it is traditionally highest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends a yearly ... »

Protect Yourself from Ticks

Protect Yourself from Ticks Common Sense Prevention & Alert Observations are Recommended ERIE COUNTY, NY— After another mild Western New York winter, the number of ticks in Erie County may be increased compared to previous years. More ticks could lead to more people exposed to tick borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, which is widespread in Erie County. This year, Centers for Disease Control ... »

Tower Foundation Steps Up Again in Fight against Opioid Abuse

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale Burstein, today announced the receipt of a $65,742 grant from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. This additional funding will assist in training healthcare providers who care for adolescents and young adults to identify and treat their young patients dealing with the disease of addiction. This funding is in addition to the $64... »

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Black men and women face a higher risk of being exposed to HIV infection ERIE COUNTY, NY—Today is the sixteenth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (“NBHAAD”), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Black men and women across the United States to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated, as HIV/AIDS continues to devastat... »

Preteens and Teens: Ensure a Healthy Future

Parents—Be Sure They Are Up-to-Date on Vaccinations! ERIE COUNTY, NY— Parents can do a number of things to ensure a healthy future for their child. One of the most important actions parents can take is to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccines. Following the recommended immunization schedule provides the best protection from serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Preteens and ... »