Yearly Archives: 2016

It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Flu season has arrived.  As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.  In the United States, cases of the flu are usually highest between December and February, but flu season can last until May.   This week during… Read more >

Flu Vaccine Now Available at Onondaga County Health Department Immunication Clinic

Get your annual flu vaccine! The Onondaga County Health Department is now offering the flu vaccine at the Onondaga County Immunization Clinic. This is a walk-in clinic and no appointment is necessary. Vaccines are free for Onondaga County residents while supplies last. The Onondaga County Immunization Clinic will provide flu vaccines for anyone six (6)… Read more >

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 23-30, 2016

In Onondaga County, approximately 6% of the children tested in 2015 had high blood lead testing results requiring additional monitoring and follow-up. To heighten awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention, the Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) along with the CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is… Read more >

Let’s Get Pretty in Pink this October!

By Emily Young, Public Health Educator, Cancer Services Program In October the leaves are changing colors and signs of pumpkins are all around, but in my world, I see pink! The Onondaga County Health Department’s Cancer Services Program (CSP) is partnering with several local pumpkins patches and diners to raise awareness about the importance of… Read more >

First Report of West Nile Virus in Onondaga County and Corrected Update: No Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta MD, MPH, was notified by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) that two mosquito pools from a trap located in the Town of Salina have tested positive for West Nile Virus. NYSDOH also notified Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) of an update in their report to OCHD… Read more >

Mosquito Pool Found Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta MD, MPH, has been notified that a mosquito pool from a trap located at Island Road in the town of Cicero has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV). Dr. Gupta explained, “EEE is a rare disease that is caused by a virus spread by the bite of… Read more >

Lyme Disease is Preventable!

By Jackie Shostack, MSEd, Public Health Education Supervisor Bureau of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Onondaga County Health Department It’s been a great summer and I hope everyone’s been enjoying the outdoors. Onondaga County has so many beautiful parks to explore and play in. However, when you are outside, you need to play it safe!… Read more >