CEO Update
Cattaraugus County Flu Shot Clinics
The Cattaraugus County Health Department has scheduled a series of flu shot clinics throughout the county in late September through October. Click here for a downloadable schedule of times, dates and locations. The clinics will accept most major forms of health insurance including Medicare/Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Fidelis, Independent Health, and Your Care. The cash price for a vaccination will be $25. For more information, call the Health Department at (716) 701-3439.

Complications from influenza last year killed about 80,000 people in the United States in the 2017-18 winter season, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The flu hospitalizes thousands more each year -- especially the elderly and young children. The CDC recommends those 6 months and older receive a flu vaccination before the end of October. I always encourage my family, friends and staff to get their flu shot to stay healthy and help prevent its spread. I urge you to do the same. 

State of EMS
On Wednesday, Alicia and I attended the Western Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (WREMAC) meeting in Batavia. There we discussed new collaborative protocols updates as well as the new basic life support (BLS) protocol rollout for EMS agencies in Western New York. There was also a discussion on the need to update the provider privileges and credentialing policy. I am happy to report that the NYS Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems (BEMSTS) has acquired a statewide learning management system (LMS) called "Vital Signs Academy" that will allow EMS education to be provided online consistently across New York State. We look forward to our providers having access to this system.
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