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Karen DeWitt

The flu epidemic is hitting the corruption trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.


Counties getting extra state funds to fight the flu

Feb 9, 2018
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Counties across New York State are getting extra financial support to battle the influenza epidemic, as the number of confirmed flu cases continues to rise.

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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.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken steps to make it easier for New Yorkers to get the influenza vaccine as the flu epidemic continues to spread across the state.

Imagine if the flu was about as common as diphtheria, measles or other relatively rare viruses. Researchers say if a universal vaccine being tested right now does what they hope it will, people would be able to get a flu shot that protects against any form of influenza.

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Not feeling well? Maybe with a fever and a tummy that doesn't feel good? You may have joined this year's early flu season.

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In response to a state health official's advisory about the flu, a Buffalo-area hospital system is announcing a temporary restriction on visitors to its facilities.


UB researchers to track flu season via smartphone survey

Oct 28, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Tracking the spread of flu in Western New York? There's an app for that! University at Buffalo researchers are seeking individuals who will participate in a smartphone project that will track how the flu spreads this season.


Erie County infant dies from flu complications

Jan 20, 2015

An infant living in Erie County recently died from complications relating to the flu. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says it is the first confirmed flu-related death in the county this season. 

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Despite a big spike in the number of flu cases across Erie County in the last couple of weeks, the Buffalo Public School District hasn't encountered any major problems.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the District's director of Health Related Services. 

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As the flu and similar illnesses spread across the nation, local hospitals are experiencing an additional influx of patients.

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The Erie County Health Department is reporting a significant spike in the number of local flu cases. County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein announced Tuesday afternoon that new data confirms influenza cases have more than doubled in one week.

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The recent surge in flu cases is showing up in area hospital emergency rooms.

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Much recent attention has focused on Ebola, but few people know about an epidemic that cause more chaos and heartbreak than virtually any disease outbreak in modern history.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein confirms that reports of flu cases are on the rise.

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Along with dangerously cold temperatures, Erie County is also being hit with influenza.

A six-year-old girl died Monday night at Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo.  Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein tells WBFO News the child's death is attributed to influenza.

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In an effort to minimize the risk of influenza at its local hospitals, two major healthcare providers have announced restrictions for patient visits.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a Public Health emergency for all of New York State in repsonse to a severe flu season.

The push is on for flu vaccinations.

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein says now is a good time to have your flu shot and possibly a pneumonia vaccination also. She suggests talking to your doctor about what you may need.

The health commissioner says earlier is better because there are several new strains of flu in the shot for which is there is no past immunity and the body needs time to adjust.

There are a variety of ways to get a shot this year, including the nasal spray vaccination.