Due to the Wind Chill Advisory issued for Onondaga County through Thursday afternoon and cold weather expected to last through next week, Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, recommends that Onondaga County residents take precautions against the hazards of severe cold weather to prevent cold related injuries and carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr. Gupta… Read more >
The Health Department reported today that testing for blue-green algae in Skaneateles Lake is now complete. Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta explained, “There have been three consecutive rounds of testing done which have indicated non-detectable levels of toxin at all points where sampling occurred. Based on these results, the fact that there have… Read more >
The Onondaga County Health Department is pleased to announce the publication of the enhanced 2016-2018 Onondaga County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan provides a complete overview of demographic and health indicator data for Onondaga County residents while also identifying current health challenges, determinants of health, and existing… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta reported today that a case of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) was reported in an individual affiliated with the Public Service Leadership Academy (PSLA) at Fowler High School. Dr. Gupta explained, “While TB is less common than it once was, it still remains a public health concern. Anyone can… Read more >
Get your annual flu vaccine! The Onondaga County Health Department is now offering the flu vaccine at the Onondaga County Immunization Clinic. This clinic 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… Read more >
The Onondaga County Health Department is working with Syracuse University (SU) and the New York State Department of Health in planning clinics to offer a booster dose of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) shot to SU student-athletes and undergraduate students. The clinics will begin operating on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 on the SU campus.… Read more >
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. Everyone should be vaccinated yearly because immunity to flu viruses declines over time and circulating flu strains often change from year to year.
Dr. Indu Gupta, Onondaga… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta reported that a total of 13 cases of mumps have now been diagnosed in Onondaga County since the last week of August. All of these cases are Syracuse University students. The students were diagnosed in a timely manner and have been isolated to prevent any further spread of… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta was notified by the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Laboratory about a second human case of West Nile virus and also the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in a mosquito pool in Onondaga County.
The West Nile virus (WNV) case was diagnosed in an elderly… Read more >
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among United States women, no matter your race or ethnicity. The three main risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman, getting older, and certain genetic changes.
Most women (about 8 out of 10) who get breast cancer do not… Read more >