Vaccines Are Essential for Public Health; Immunizations Halt Spread of Deadly Diseases

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From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein 

Date September 6, 2017                       

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925 

Vaccines Are Essential for Public Health

Immunizations Halt Spread of Deadly Infectious Diseases

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Vaccination is one of the most important foundations of public. For those individuals most vulnerable to illness and complications--infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems—it may truly be a matter of life and death. Text box

“There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that vaccines save lives and improve the quality of lives,” said Erie County Commissioner of Health (“ECDOH”), Dr. Gale Burstein. “Vaccines are among the most rigorously tested and safest medical products on the market. It can take 10 or more years and millions of dollars to thoroughly test a new vaccine before it is made available to the public

When children are not immunized, the results can be devastating, including deaths and disablement. Each year, thousands of children in the United States become seriously ill with vaccine-preventable diseases.

“The positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants is a tremendous public health achievement,” stated Burstein. “Vaccines have saved hundreds of millions of lives over the course of history.” Short of basic sanitation and nutrition, no medical intervention has done more to save lives and prevent disease than immunizations.

For example:

  • Hepatitis B vaccines help prevent the leading cause of liver cancer
  • Polio vaccine prevented paralysis in 8 million people
  • Diseases, once common in the Unites States that severely disabled or killed thousands of children, are now prevented through vaccination


Adults should also receive appropriate vaccines to protect their health, especially seniors. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and can spread certain illnesses on to others, including newborns who lack a fully functioning immune system.

To learn more about recommended vaccines, visit, speak with your healthcare provider, or call the ECDOH Immunization Clinic (located at Jesse Nash Health Center, 608 William St.,

Buffalo 14206) at (716) 858-7687.infograph

For additional detailed information, please refer to the “Immunization Resources” section at the end of this press release. This flyer can also be found on our website through the link:

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Immunization Resources


Link to Web Site


Erie County

Department of Health

Immunization Clinic



Jesse Nash Health Center

608 William St.

Buffalo 14206  (716) 858-7687

Erie County

Department of Health

Immunization Action Plan (IAP)

Karen Menza (716) 858-2373

New York State

Department of Health

Immunization Bureau-Buffalo Regional Office

(716) 847-4501

American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy


Information about vaccine safety, vaccination schedules & more.

Western New York Pediatric, Adolescent & Adult Coalition


Facebook Page with vaccination information.

Campaign to

Immunize All New Yorkers


County Health Officials of New York (NYSACHO) Campaign to Immunize NY State Residents

Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention (CDC)


What vaccines does your child need?

US Department of

Health & Human Services


Federal Gateway to information on vaccines & immunizations for all ages

Immunization Action Coalition


Website for Health Professionals

Immunization Action Coalition


Website for Patients, Parents, Providers & Media


Coalitions Network


Detailed vaccination information for Health Professionals, Public & Coalitions

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases


Information for Health Professionals, with specific information for Adults, Adolescents & Children

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition


Information for Pediatricians, Health Professionals, Parents & Caregivers

Every Child by Two/

Vaccinate Your Family


Information to Educate the Public; Advocates for policies that support  timely vaccination

Voices for Vaccines


Parent-driven Organization Providing Parents Clear, Science-based Information about Vaccines

Nurses Who Vaccinate

Promotes knowledge and competency in immunizations & works to position nurses as vaccine advocates.

The Children’s Hospital

of Philadelphia

Vaccine Education Center



Provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)


No-fault alternative to the traditional legal system for resolving vaccine injury petitions.


Free App for mobile phones


Free app for parents of teens/young adults with interactive resource for managing teen health.


Frequently Requested



Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

ECDOH Locations