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... »

A Bad Flu Season Predicted

Reported cases of flu indicate a bad flu season ahead so get your flu shot now! The western region of New York state is reporting more flu cases this year than at the same time last year, according to Univera Healthcare’s review of New York state health data. As of Nov 18, the western region of the state (including Western New York and parts of the Finger Lakes Region) has so far reported around 0... »

Watch Out Flu!

Watch Out Flu: This year’s vaccine has your number! The flu season is officially upon us, and there is strong evidence that this year’s flu vaccine effectively targets the strain that currently is sweeping the state, according to a review of tracking data by Univera Healthcare. “If you could play the lottery and know many of the winning numbers in advance, wouldn’t you go out of ... »

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 ... »

Flu’s Arrival in Western New York

By William M. Healy, M.D. The winds of yet another Buffalo winter have blown in more than just snow and icy chills. Influenza has arrived in all its fury wreaking havoc on our residents. Numerous cases of influenza were reported throughout December, which quickly escalated to near epidemic levels in the weeks that followed. Doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics, and hospital emergency rooms have b... »