Influenza

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January 15, 2020 - 1:00 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York state says it’s seeing more reported cases of influenza so far this season than in recent years. The state’s online flu tracker shows the state has seen over 10,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza as of Jan. 4. That’s up from roughly 3,000 in 2017. The...
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December 07, 2019 - 6:55 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York officials have declared that the flu is “prevalent” in the state. This declaration initiates a state regulation that will require healthcare professionals who are not vaccinated for influenza to wear masks in areas where patients are present. “Getting vaccinated...
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - With the flu epidemic in full force, we wanted to know which is best when it comes to washing your hands. Soap & water or hand sanitizer? We put the question to Dr Joseph Cronin of WNY Immediate Care. "It truly is best to use soap and water". Cronin said non water based...
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Dave Debo
February 07, 2018 - 6:39 am
(WBEN) The flu season has once again taken it's toll in Western New York, and while she has no exact numbers, Dr. Gale Burstein MD, the Erie County Health Commissioner says she is "Very sure that in Erie County we have had flu related deaths." this season. The NY State Health Dept. requires...
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February 01, 2018 - 3:53 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State health officials say laboratory-confirmed influenza cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200-plus New Yorkers requiring hospitalization because of the flu. In releasing the latest flu statistics Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get the...
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Allan Harris
January 28, 2018 - 6:44 am
(WBEN) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on federal health officials to dispatch a flu surveillance team to New York as the number of cases increases. The Democrat announced his request to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday. He says a surveillance team could help local...
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Dave Debo
January 25, 2018 - 5:46 am
(WBEN) The increasingly severe flu season is prompting the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and others nationwide to put out new guidelines to prevent the spread of influenza, discouraging parishioners from shaking hands during Mass and halting distribution of Holy Communion from the common cup...
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January 18, 2018 - 8:20 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — State health officials say a drastic rise in flu cases has hospitalized more than 1,600 New Yorkers this past week alone. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Thursday that all New Yorkers six months of age and older over who haven't received a flu shot yet should get vaccinated as soon...
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Tom Puckett
December 29, 2017 - 2:31 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County's health commissioner says flu has arrived in Erie County. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says this season’s flu activity has been steadily increasing since mid-December. “Our surveillance data show that flu activity is currently widespread in Erie County,...
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Tom Puckett
December 18, 2017 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says flu is not yet prevalent so far. She says colder temperatures alone don't lead to increased cases, but can contribute. "We're not seeing a lot of influenza cases, so we're before the peak of influenza in this community," says...
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