Yearly Archives: 2015

Even Healthy People Need Flu Vaccines. It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine!

Do you think that you do not need a flu vaccine because you are healthy?  Unfortunately, even healthy people, especially the very young and very old, and pregnant women, can get serious complications from the flu, such as pneumonia and dehydration, and could even end up in the hospital. The CDC reports that about 20,000… Read more >

Onondaga County Health Department to Hold Public Flu Vaccine Clinic

Get your annual flu vaccine!  The Onondaga County Health Department will be holding a public flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, November 18th from 2:00PM-6:00PM.  The clinic will be held at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center located at 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, in Room 30 in the basement.  Residents who would like more… Read more >

Onondaga County Announces Second Human Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this Season

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, was notified on October 29th by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) that an adult in the town of Clay was diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) infection. Dr. Gupta explained, “This patient was hospitalized in early September 2015, discharged home in stable condition, and… Read more >

Recognizing the Women of “Celebrating Survivors: A Traveling Road Show”

By Indu Gupta, Commissioner of Health Contributing Author: Jenny Dickinson, Cancer Services Program Coordinator On October 15th, the Onondaga County Cancer Services Program had the honor of thanking seven local breast cancer survivors for taking part in “Celebrating Survivors: A Traveling Roadshow”. The posters traveled over a 6 week period to 16 locations throughout Onondaga… Read more >

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31, 2015

Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Onondaga County, approximately 7% of children tested for lead in 2014 had high blood lead levels.  The good news is that childhood… Read more >

Don’t Forget Your Flu Vaccine

This fall, remember to get your flu vaccine.   The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu shot.  People should be vaccinated every year because immunity to flu viruses declines over time and flu strains often change from year to year. Dr. Indu Gupta, Onondaga… Read more >

Syracuse Healthy Start’s 5th Annual Syracuse Stroll: A Community Event to Celebrate Every Baby’s First Birthday

On Saturday, September 12th, Syracuse Healthy Start will host the 5th Annual Syracuse Stroll. This event is held in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month and the important role that both parents and the community have in promoting healthy births. The Syracuse Stroll is a community festival and fitness walk that will be held at… Read more >

Update on Onondaga County Resident with EEE

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, announced today that the town of Salina resident who was recently diagnosed with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) infection has died.  Dr. Gupta explained, “It is with great sadness that I report to the community that an elderly Onondaga County resident has died as a result… Read more >