Erie County Department of Health

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 ... »

Rabies Vaccine Airdrop Begins Mid-August 

Rabies Vaccine Airdrop to Reduce Incidence of Rabies in Local Wildlife Population    ERIE COUNTY, NY— In collaboration with the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the New York State Department of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“USDA/APHIS”) Wildlife Services, the Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) i... »

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... »

Black Balloon Day

ERIE COUNTY, NY— On an almost daily basis, news stories in our community and across the country detail the seemingly unending number of fatal overdoses caused by heroin and other opiates. Often lost in this coverage are the stories of the people left behind; family members and friends who have suffered through this chronic disease with their addicted loved one. Many have pursued countless strategi... »

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is Saturday   ERIE COUNTY, NY— According to the World Health Organization, approximately 8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, including 4 million people who die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). Saturday, February 4th, World Cancer Day 2017, unites the world against this disease that knows no borders and represents one of humanity’s most pressing concerns. It ... »

A Hopeful Thank You–HOPE Buffalo

By Stan Martin As Project Director of the HOPE Buffalo youth and community led coalition to reduce teen pregnancy, I am heartened to see such enthusiasm and participation in the initiative. The education for which youth, parents, and caring adults can learn is invaluable. But it’s not just the parents and youth that get involved that makes HOPE Buffalo successful—it’s the community based youth org... »