From Cattaraugus County Health Deparment RE: Swine Flu


News Release: Swine Flu April 27, 2009

Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties’ Health Departments are working together to educate their county residents about swine flu. The New York State Department of Health has set up a 24 hour a day/ 7 days a week toll free hotline to answer questions from the public. This number is 1-800-808-1987.

Public Health Directors Barb Hastings and Lori Ballengee agree the best advice the Cattaraugus County Health Department and the Allegany County Department of Health can give county residents is wash your hands, stay home if you are ill, and keep children home who are ill. The Health Department knows many county residents have questions about all the information in the media. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions:

What is swine flu?

Swine Influenza, also called swine flu, is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks of swine flu happen regularly in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Most commonly, human cases of swine flu happen in people who are around pigs but it’s possible for swine flu viruses to spread from person to person also.

Is swine flu the same as seasonal flu?

No. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by human influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Human flu viruses change a little bit every year which is why people can get sick from the flu more than once. It is also why a new flu vaccine is produced each year; the vaccine must be made to protect against the particular viruses circulating that year.

Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties’ Health Departments would like to remind county residents seasonal flu vaccine is still available, for those who have not had it. Those at high risk for seasonal flu should contact their physician about having the vaccine, including women who are pregnant, elderly, and young children.

Human and swine flu viruses are different. People who get vaccinated for human flu can still get sick from swine flu. Pigs that have been vaccinated for swine flu can still get sick from human flu. Symptoms of swine flu in people are no different from symptoms that people get when they are infected with human flu viruses. People infected with flu typically have fever (often high), cough, body aches, headaches, fatigue and runny or stuffy nose. Vomiting and diarrhea may also occur.

New York State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. said: “We have been preparing for an event such as this for years. We have the finest public health and health care systems and adequate supplies to address swine flu. We are implementing comprehensive plans that have been developed and practiced for many years and will mobilize our stockpiles of medical supplies as needed.” Deputy Commissioner Dr. Guthrie Birkhead, M.D., M.P.H., who heads DOH’s Office of Public Health, said: “Although the New York cases to date have been mild, we are in close communication with clinicians and hospitals to identify more serious cases, should they occur, and to make sure all necessary resources are available for treatment. I want to remind New Yorkers to take the same common sense precautions to prevent illness that you would take with any seasonal flu, such as staying home when you are ill. Parents do not need to keep otherwise healthy children home from school unless directed to do so by local school and health officials.”

It is important to note that ordinary seasonal flu, which has symptoms similar to swine flu, is still active in New York State. Precautionary measures for both seasonal flu and swine flu include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
  • Avoiding people who are ill.
  • Staying home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Using tissue when you cough, sneeze or spit, and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin.
  • Keeping hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cleaning shared space more often such as phone receivers, keyboards, steering wheels and office equipment.
  • Refraining from sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels.
  • If you are at high risk for pneumonia, get vaccination from own medical provider
  • Refraining from unnecessary travel when ill.

The public can obtain more information about swine flu and precautionary measures at NYSDOH’s web site at or the toll free hotline 1-800-808-1987, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.


Internet Addiction Presentation at the Olean Public Library

Dr. Kimberly Young. Ph.D. of St. Bonaventure University will give a talk on Internet Addiction on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7 pm in the Olean Public Library Art Gallery.

Dr. Kimberly Young is an internationally known expert on Internet addiction and online behavior. Founded in 1995, she serves as the director of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery and travels nationally conducting seminars on the impact of the Internet. She is the author of Caught in the Net, the first book to address Internet addiction, translated in six languages, Tangled in the Web, and her most recent, Breaking Free of the Web: Catholics and Internet addiction.

She has published over 40 articles on the impact of online abuse. Dr. Young’s work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The London Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CBS News, Fox News, Good Morning America, and ABC’s World News Tonight. In 2001 and 2004, she received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and in 2000 she received the Alumni Ambassador of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement from Indiana University at Pennsylvania .

She has served as an expert witness regarding her pioneer research including the Child Online Protection Act Congressional Commission. She has been an invited lecturer at dozens of universities and conferences including the European Union of Health and Medicine in Norway and the First International Congress on Internet Addiction in Zurich . Dr. Young serves on the editorial board of CyberPsychology & Behavior and the International Journal of Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and a founding member of the International Society of Mental Health Online.

Copies of Dr. Young’s books will be available for purchase after the presentation. This event will take place in the library gallery and is free and open to the public. The Olean Public Library is located 134 North Second Street, Olean . For more information please call the (716) 372-0200 or visit the Olean Public Library’s website at

New Large Print Books April 2009

New Religion Books for April 2009.

Gaming survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out this gaming survey.  Thank you!

(We also have paper copies available at the library near the computers and in the YA section.)

Click Here to take survey

National Library Week 4/12-4/18/2009

National Library Week is here (April 12-16, 2009)!

This year’s theme is “Worlds connect @ your library.” All types of libraries participate in this annual celebration (school, public, academic and special). While I was reviewing this year’s theme, I began to realize how we are actively and effectively participating. Let me explain:

This year, the National Library Week’s spokesperson is Jamie Lee Curtis. The promotional image (PDF) —

…shows a postcard with a brief note to all: “The library is where I connect. Connect with your world this week @ your library!” Ms. Curtis is smiling (her “I know something good” grin), seated on a library carpeted floor, with a computer on a work-desk and book stacks behind her.

The mix of technology and library bound books and the casual yet “let’s get to work” attitude speaks to every librarian. We are creating places that actively extend far beyond the bricks and mortar, glass and metal of our buildings, reaching our communities in their homes and wherever they may be. I imagine I can be a patron on a yacht sailing the Caribbean, hiking the Himalayas, traveling to study abroad. We all know “books can take us places.” We are now in a time when we can connect with our patrons in those places. Librarians and patrons have adapted tools to help keep us all connected in a mobile environment.

The other side of this is something I’ve seen on occasion in my current position – that is, connecting with customers outside our tax-paying patron base. Primarily for those of us who work on Maryland AskUsNow! on a global hour, we see questions from all over the United States (not everywhere, but many places). Once in a while we have questions from people outside Maryland, even outside the U.S. During my short time in this position with AskUsNow! I have even worked with a patron as far away as Costa Rica.

Although this is rare, it is a good reminder to me that our library services are reaching beyond walls and boundaries. It is encouraging to see the successful application of various technologies and incredible resources to help our patrons connect with information they need, whether they are within our buildings or home, even far from home at a business conference or on an exotic adventure.

You can celebrate National Library Week this year by participating in your library’s events. Many libraries are promoting the Week in some way, calling notice to our nation’s librarians, facilities and their services. Tuesday, April 14th is focused upon recognizing our library workers:

For American Library Association’s events and for more information, please view ALA’s website at:

Greet your fellow librarians and enjoy the week!

(posted by Cathay Crosby, Operations Assistant, Maryland AskUsNow!)

Medline Plus

All the health information you need in one trusty website! FREE!!

MedlinePlus is a web site created for consumers by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  It is the free health information web site that doctors recommend for health information.  MedlinePlus accepts no advertising.  You can find quality health information from reliable sources in both English and Spanish.

  • Health Topics – Information on condition, diseases and staying well.
  • Interactive Tutorials – more than 170 slide shows with sounds and pictures.
  • Drug Information – About you prescription and over the counter medicines, herbs, and supplements.
  • Medical Encyclopedia – Includes pictures and diagrams.
  • Directories – Finds doctors, dentists and hospitals.
  • Dictionary – Spellings and definitions of medical words.
  • Latest Research – Provided From MEDLINE and the databases.
  • News – Latest health news.
  • Go Local – Find services in your community.

You are able to use this resource at home or at the library by going to