Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) We promote and protect the health, safety & well-being of Erie County (NY) residents. Local public health department in Erie County, NY.

The Tree of Hope is on display in the Rath Building lobby through the month of December. Maintained by the Office of Har...
12/06/2023

The Tree of Hope is on display in the Rath Building lobby through the month of December. Maintained by the Office of Harm Reduction, this 12-foot tree holds ornaments with names and photos in memory of people who have been lost to the opioid epidemic, and in honor of people who are struggling with substance use disorder or who are in recovery.

To include your loved one’s name, picture and/or special message on this tree or other harm reduction office events, please use the following form:
https://www3.erie.gov/health/form/days-of-remembrance-registration

12/06/2023

We’ve gotten a taste of winter weather, and we know that more will be on the way!

On today's episode of , you’ll get the expert advice you need to stay ahead of storms.

First, Elizabeth Carey Media Professional and guest co-host Mark Gruba welcome AAA Fleet Manager Todd Ingraham who has tips on what every driver should put in their winter emergency kit.

Then AAA Driver Training Manager Mike Formanowicz explains how to handle a skid on slippery conditions.

The show wraps up with holiday travel deals! Be sure to tune in!

🎙 Listen Saturdays at 8:30AM on WECK 1230AM 100.5FM 102.9FM & past episodes at https://bit.ly/3RoY2Kx. Tune in, and have a great weekend!

New York State is offering a free HIV Self-Test Giveaway from today through December 31. These self-tests are make HIV t...
12/06/2023

New York State is offering a free HIV Self-Test Giveaway from today through December 31. These self-tests are make HIV testing easier to access without going to a healthcare facility. Visit the online eligibility survey (https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7568791/HSTG-2023-Fall-Eligibility-Survey) or text the word TEST to 40457.

Our Sexual Health Center at the Jesse Nash Health Center (608 William Street) also offers HIV testing. Call (716) 858-7687 for details.

12/05/2023

You are the help until help arrives.

Learn lifesaving skills:
(erie.gov/opioidtrainings)
🩸 Stop The Bleed ACS (stopthebleed.org)
🩹 (American Red Cross of Western New York )
☠️Poison Prevention Training from Upstate New York Poison Center
(https://www.upstate.edu/poison/community/train.php)
‍💟 Mental Health First Aid from ECDOH

12/04/2023

It's fun to decorate for the holidays, but decorations can increase your risk of a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart:

🕯️ Keep candles 12 inches from flammable objects
🎄 Keep your tree at least 3 ft. away from heat sources
🔎 Inspect holiday lights before using them

12/04/2023

RELEASE: Protect your health with an annual flu vaccine - National Influenza Vaccine Week runs from December 4-8

A flu infection is not inevitable. The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) (December 4-8). They have a critical reminder for everyone 6 months and older to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu with their annual flu vaccine.

According to the CDC, data from several South American countries – which experience flu season during the North American summer – showed flu vaccination in 2023 reduced flu hospitalizations against the predominant flu viruses between 46% and 55%. A study that looked at clinical and vaccination data for children and adolescents from 2022-2023 in the United States showed that flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-related emergency department and urgent care visits and hospitalizations by almost half.

“Doctors often hear from patients who are reluctant to get the flu vaccine because ‘there is still a chance of getting sick.’ That sentiment is correct and misleading,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “When flu circulates at high levels in a community you have a very good chance of being exposed – and knocking you down for a week or more. A flu vaccine means that you could feel less ill for less time – it's worth the shot.”

Flu vaccines have been available for decades, saving thousands and thousands of lives each year. There is still time to get the flu vaccine and be protected from potentially serious flu complications if you are exposed.

The best time to get vaccinated is before flu is widespread in Western New York. But vaccination is still protective during the rest of flu season. Reported flu cases in Erie County are still low compared to recent years, but trends are increasing. Flu cases most commonly peak in late January or February, and significant flu activity can continue into May. Visit vaccines.gov for flu vaccine locations near you, or check with your doctor.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/protect-your-health-annual-flu-vaccine

Vaccines protect your child from: ChickenpoxCOVID-19DiphtheriaFluHepatitis AHepatitis BHIBMeaslesMumpsPolioPneumococcalR...
12/04/2023

Vaccines protect your child from:
Chickenpox
COVID-19
Diphtheria
Flu
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
HIB
Measles
Mumps
Polio
Pneumococcal
Rotavirus
Rubella
Tetanus
Whooping Cough

12/04/2023

Your hands carry germs you can’t see. Take the time to wash your hands for 20 seconds during key times to stay healthy.
https://go.usa.gov/xVQuD

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the US & a major cause of disability in adults. Stroke is preventable! Know the si...
12/03/2023

Stroke is a leading cause of death in the US & a major cause of disability in adults. Stroke is preventable! Know the signs & how to act FAST
🥴 Face - is one side drooping?
💪 Arm - is it weak or immobile?
🤐 Speech - slurred or slow?
☎️ TIME - call 9-1-1
https://cdc.gov/stroke

Know the ABCS of safe sleep. Parents, expectant parents and caregivers should follow these recommendations. Infants depe...
12/02/2023

Know the ABCS of safe sleep. Parents, expectant parents and caregivers should follow these recommendations. Infants depend on the adults in their lives to provide a safe environment to play, grow and sleep.

👶 Babies sleep ALONE: that means no blankets, no pillows, no toys. Wrap them in a wearable blanket or adjust the room temperature.

👶 BACK to Sleep: Always place infants on their backs to sleep. Caregivers or grandparents may not be familiar with this “back to sleep” practice. Parents – insist that your child be placed on their back to sleep. If an infant falls asleep in a swing or some soft surface, move the baby to a firm sleep surface – on his or her back – as soon as it is practical.
👶 Sleep in a Safe CRIB: Use a crib that meets current safety standards. The mattress should be firm and fit in the crib with no gaps. Cover the mattress with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.

🚭 Keep Your Home Smoke-Free: Quit smoking to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). No one should smoke in your home or around your baby.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/erie-county-department-health-shares-crucial-safety-messages-parents-and-caregivers-infants

Every day is a new opportunity to take charge of your health. Knowing your HIV status is the first step.  At our Sexual ...
12/01/2023

Every day is a new opportunity to take charge of your health. Knowing your HIV status is the first step.



At our Sexual Health Center at 608 William Street, Buffalo, we offer confidential HIV testing, PrEP and PEP, STI testing and treatment. No one is ever denied services based on their ability to pay.

www.erie.gov/sexualhealth

Narcan recently became available as an over-the-counter medication. The size and design of the box has changed, but the ...
12/01/2023

Narcan recently became available as an over-the-counter medication. The size and design of the box has changed, but the medicine inside is the same as before.
Text (716) 225-5473 and we will mail Narcan to you for free. We don't need to know anything but where to mail the box.
Narcan saves lives.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/naloxonenarcan

Attend a Winter Assistance Fair at Amherst Public Library on December 9 from 10 am - 2 pm. Get help with programs relate...
12/01/2023

Attend a Winter Assistance Fair at Amherst Public Library on December 9 from 10 am - 2 pm. Get help with programs related to:
- energy affordability
- weatherization
- energy efficiency
- energy consumer protection
- home safety
- services for older adults.

https://aging.ny.gov/news/nysofa-highlights-winter-energy-assistance-fairs-cold-weather-tips-emergency-resources-older

Erie County Division of Consumer Protection

November 29, 2023 NYSOFA Highlights Winter Energy Assistance Fairs, Cold Weather Tips, Emergency Resources for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

From Upstate NY Poison Center - a webinar on Holiday Safety for Seniors and Caregivers.Free! December 14 at 10 a.m.Parti...
11/30/2023

From Upstate NY Poison Center - a webinar on Holiday Safety for Seniors and Caregivers.
Free! December 14 at 10 a.m.
Participants will learn:
- the different types of holiday poisoning concerns for seniors.
- poison prevention tips for the senior population and for caregivers.
- key takeaways to keep seniors safe during the holiday season and celebrations.
Register:

Participants will learn: - the different types of holiday poisoning concerns for seniors. - poison prevention tips for the senior population and for caregivers. - key takeaways to keep seniors safe during the holiday season and celebrations. * by registering for this webinar, you may receive the Ups...

The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the first Erie County opioid-related overdose death linked to ca...
11/30/2023

The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the first Erie County opioid-related overdose death linked to carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that is about 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The death occurred in September, and toxicology tests for that case confirmed the presence of multiple substances, including carfentanil, co***ne, fentanyl and other fentanyl analogs.

“Carfentanil’s effects hit faster and last longer than fentanyl. The discovery of this toxic and incredibly dangerous drug signals another phase in the opioid epidemic,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “Now that we know that carfentanil has made its way into the local illicit drug supply, we need to reinforce the risks for people who use any illicit drugs, including drugs not marketed as opioids, such as co***ne, and emphasize the support, resources and harm reduction tactics available for people to avoid injury and death.”

Although carfentanil does have some limited clinical uses, veterinarians generally use it to anesthetize large animals like elephants for surgery or medical treatment. Carfentanil that is diverted, stolen or manufactured overseas is added to co***ne, methamphetamine, he**in and other illicit drugs as a cheap, easy to obtain filler substance.

“Our Medical Examiner’s Office investigated 371 confirmed or suspected opioid-related overdose deaths in 2023, with another month left this year. That is already 20% higher than the total in 2022, which was our highest total ever and the year is not over yet,” Dr. Burstein explained. “Given the volume of opioid-related overdose deaths in 2023, it is possible that toxicology testing will confirm carfentanil in other cases.”

Narcan (naloxone) will work to reverse the effects of carfentanil exposure. However, because of its extreme potency, higher doses or more doses of naloxone may be required to get a person breathing again.

Fentanyl test strips are available for people who use drugs to test for the presence of fentanyl. No test is 100% accurate. Fentanyl test strips do not indicate which type of fentanyl or fentanyl-analog, like carfentanil, is present, nor do they indicate the concentration or potency. People who use any drugs, especially people who use co***ne, should expect that their drugs contain opioids that could cause an overdose – now possibly including carfentanil – stop them from breathing, and lead to death. Co***ne contaminated with fentanyl has contributed to about 75% - three out of four – opioid-related overdose deaths in 2023.

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) offers harm reduction supplies and peer support – call (716) 858-7695. Other ways to reduce the risk of harm from drug use:

Carry Narcan, and know how and when to use it. Text (716) 225-5473 to have Narcan and fentanyl test strips mailed to you for free.
Never use alone. Have Narcan and a friend with you who is not using drugs, or contact a service like Never Use Alone (neverusealone.com)
Test your drugs for fentanyl even if you think it is co***ne or another substance that is not an opioid. Free test strips available from the Erie County Department of Health. Call (716) 858-7695.
Seek support. ECDOH has peer navigators and a family coordinator; call (716) 858-7695. The Buffalo & Erie County Addictions Hotline is available 24/7 with referrals for individuals and their families. Call (716) 831-7007.
Seek treatment. Local hospital emergency departments can connect patients to immediate medication assisted treatment. Ask for MATTERS Network.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/first-erie-county-overdose-death-linked-carfentanil-opioid-100-times-more-potent-fentanyl

Did you know that the Erie County Senior Services University Express program offers in-person and virtual classes for ol...
11/29/2023

Did you know that the Erie County Senior Services University Express program offers in-person and virtual classes for older adults in Erie County on dozens of topics?

Some of our favorites:
Hands only CPR
Balance is Key: A Guide to Fall Prevention
Make Friends with Your Freezer
Learn How to “Stop the Bleed”
Vaccines: What You Need to Know
Harm Reduction 101

See the full list at https://www4.erie.gov/universityexpress/classes

Recorded classes are available to watch on YouTube https://www4.erie.gov/universityexpress/recorded-classes

Test your smoke detector batteries every month. Make it an appointment on your phone or email program, or write on your ...
11/29/2023

Test your smoke detector batteries every month. Make it an appointment on your phone or email program, or write on your calendar. And while you're at it, test your CO (carbon monoxide) detector batteries too.

Mental health is health. The Buffalo News published a piece today from Rural Minds about mental health and su***de preve...
11/29/2023

Mental health is health.
The Buffalo News published a piece today from Rural Minds about mental health and su***de prevention in rural communities:

The mental health crisis in rural America is real. Rural Minds is committed to confronting the situation and providing actionable ways all rural residents can be part of the solution

11/29/2023

Our crews have been out overnight treating roads and will continue to actively plow and salt the roads. Please drive with extra caution and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination!

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) filled its 100th public health fellow position in November, marking a miles...
11/28/2023

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) filled its 100th public health fellow position in November, marking a milestone for the largest Public Health Corps program in New York State.

In Erie County, fellows have been assigned to the Cancer Services Program, Health Equity, Harm Reduction, public health clinics, Epidemiology and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. In addition, fellows are embedded with nearly 40 non-profits and community groups, focusing on projects that reduce health disparities and contribute to positive health outcomes.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/100-public-health-fellows-and-counting-multi-year-program-erie-county-department-health

11/28/2023

Do you know what to do if your vehicle gets stuck during a snowstorm?

Run the engine for about 10 minutes per hour to run the heater and charge your cellphone. Open a window slightly to let fresh air in and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

More tips: ready.gov/winter-ready

11/28/2023

Curbside Care is cancelled for today (Tuesday, 11/28); if you need Narcan or other harm reduction supplies, they are available in the Rath Building. Call (716) 858-7695 for info.

11/28/2023

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, and people aged 50 and older who smoke or used to smoke should speak with their health care provider about lung cancer screening. Detecting it early makes it more likely to be curable. Learn more: health.ny.gov/press/releases/2023/2023-11-17_lung_cancer_awareness_month.htm

11/27/2023

The US National Weather Service Buffalo NY has just issued a Special Weather Statement regarding a band of heavy lake effect snow falling over the County's Southtowns, southern Erie, northern Wyoming, and southern Genesee counties. The band will remain in place through late afternoon. This band of snow will reduce visibility to a quarter mile or less at times and result in snow covered roads for the evening commute across the Buffalo Southtowns.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
West Seneca, Lackawanna, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hamburg, East Aurora, Evans, Elma, Boston, Eden, Marilla, Warsaw, Bennington, Colden, Orchard Park, Silver Creek, and Alden.

This includes Interstate 90 between exits 54 and 59.

Office of Health Equity Director Kelly Wofford will be part of a panel discussion on the Future of Health at the Jacobs ...
11/27/2023

Office of Health Equity Director Kelly Wofford will be part of a panel discussion on the Future of Health at the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences - University at Buffalo on Nov. 29.

Panel discussions will focus on “Self-Health Rising;” “Navigating the Intersection: Politics, Climate Change and Public Health;” and “Health Equity and the Path Forward.”

The panel takes place from 3-5 p.m. in the M&T Auditorium in the Jacobs School, with a networking reception to follow from 5-6:30 p.m. A virtual option is available. Register online to attend either in-person or virtually.

News and information to help UB employees in their work and personal lives

11/27/2023

Be for anything this winter:

📱 Download
🎒 Assemble Safety Kits
👨‍👩‍👧 Build your Circle of Care
❄️ Watch Forecasts
💊 Consider Medical Needs
🏠 Prepare your Home

Learn more: erie.gov/winter

Every U.S. household can place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home....
11/27/2023

Every U.S. household can place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home.

Order form and other COVID-19 testing resources: https://www.covid.gov/tests

Todos los hogares de los Estados Unidos podrán, nuevamente, hacer un pedido para recibir otras cuatro pruebas rápidas de COVID-19 gratuitas, enviadas de manera directa a su casa. https://www.covid.gov/es/tests

Every U.S. household is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests.

Leave extra time to travel. Get your household and vehicles prepared for winter conditions - be prepared! Www.erie.gov/w...
11/27/2023

Leave extra time to travel.
Get your household and vehicles prepared for winter conditions - be prepared! Www.erie.gov/winter
Check on family and neighbors.
Share this information with people who might not see or understand it.
Watch for weather updates from US National Weather Service Buffalo NY

Colder today with accumulating lake snows east of the lakes but south of the Buffalo Metro area and Watertown east of Lake Ontario, especially tonight.

11/26/2023

Latest update received by our Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services from US National Weather Service Buffalo NY shows the snow will begin tomorrow and fall where we want it to go: ski country.

The metro Buffalo area will only receive a few inches while extreme southern Erie County and parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties will see more than a foot.

Where it falls strong winds can result in whiteout conditions.

Pass it on! Share this post to help spread the word about the  . You could be the one to help someone get the support th...
11/26/2023

Pass it on! Share this post to help spread the word about the . You could be the one to help someone get the support they need.

11/24/2023

It’s still early in the flu season, but the most recent flu report shows cases up more than 60% from the previous week across NYS. Now is the time to find a vaccine near you. vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/ See the current Weekly Flu Surveillance Report: health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

11/24/2023
FYI: Leftovers and food safety. 🦃🥧🥔
11/24/2023

FYI: Leftovers and food safety. 🦃🥧🥔

The .gov means it’s official. Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

November is COPD Awareness Month! If you or a loved one have COPD, getting vaccinated is a crucial step to protect your ...
11/24/2023

November is COPD Awareness Month! If you or a loved one have COPD, getting vaccinated is a crucial step to protect your respiratory health. Let's stay safe and breathe easier together. Find out more about COPD and recommended vaccines here:https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/sites/default/files/publications/COPD%20and%20Vaccines%20What%20You%20Should%20Know_508c_1.pdf

Tips from Upstate NY Poison Center for holiday celebrationsDo not leave alcoholic beverages, ma*****na edibles, v**e pen...
11/23/2023

Tips from Upstate NY Poison Center for holiday celebrations

Do not leave alcoholic beverages, ma*****na edibles, v**e pens, or ci******es out for curious children to find.

Remind guests to put their purses and bags out of reach of children. Guests often bring medications. Offer them a safe place for storage that is up high and out of sight of children.

Add Poison Control to your phone: (1-888-222-1222). Highly-trained poison specialists answer calls 24/7.

11/22/2023
11/22/2023

Every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home.

Order form and other COVID-19 testing resources: https://www.covid.gov/tests

Todos los hogares de los Estados Unidos podrán, nuevamente, hacer un pedido para recibir otras cuatro pruebas rápidas de COVID-19 gratuitas, enviadas de manera directa a su casa. https://www.covid.gov/es/tests

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