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Be Prepared for Flu Season!

As we enter flu season, here is some helpful information from the Monroe County Health Department:

Regardless if you got the seasonal and/or the H1N1 shot last year, you need a flu shot this Fall. This year's flu vaccine will contain H1N1 as it is believed that H1N1 will again circulate. But unlike last year, you will not need a separate shot -- 1 shot will do it. Also new this year, all persons 6 months and older are encouraged to get vaccinated.

There are numerous venues to get a flu shot -- your doctor, a pharmacy, or one of the dozens of public clinics. There are LINKS below to the major flu clinic providers in Monroe County. We encourage you to visit their web sites to find the location that is most convenient for you.


Healthy Highway Program at Greece Elmentary School

On Thursday, October 28th, Senator Robach visited English Village Elementary School in Greece where students are taking part in the healthy highway program. This program teaches healthy nutrition and active lifestyles. For more information on this program, visit

Maplewood YMCA Unveils Expansion, Renovations

On Monday, January 17th, the Maplewood YMCA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of renovations which totaled $5 million dollars, which added 16,000 square feet of space. Senator Robach made remarks prior to the ceremony, and helped cut the ribbon for the remodeled facility. For more information click here to visit the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

Senator Robach Meets with Dr. Shah

Senator Robach meets with Dr. Nirav Shah, who was recently appointed as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Shah and Senator Robach discussed the importance of an efficient health care model.

Senator Robach Discusses Tele-Medicine

As a member of the New York State Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Robach had the opportunity to discuss health care spending and provides remarks on the importance of tele-medicine in Rochester.

South Avenue Goes Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

On Friday, March 4th, Senator Robach spoke at 'South Avenue Goes Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness'. During the event, free health screenings were given to the uninsured, ages 40 and older. South Avenue Goes Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness also featured remarks from cancer survivor Ronald Banks. For more information on the Center for Community Health, you can visit


Pictured with Senator Robach are (from left to right)Julie Fugle, Arnishia Jordan, Judy Bermudez, Ronald Banks, Candice Lucas, Evie Hurt, and Gabriela Conti.

National Kidney Foundation Hosts Free Screening

On Saturday, April 16th, the National Kidney Foundation will host FREE kidney health screenings from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 100 West Avenue. For all the information, click on the link below.


Lauren Shields' Birthday a True Celebration

On Thursday, April 13th, in honor of National Donate Life Month, the New York State Senate was joined by 11-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields. Senator Robach was proud to support life saving legislation passed by the Senate today. Bill S.3885 would increase the number of eligible and willing organ donors by requiring driver's license applicants to specifically indicate their donation decision. Also, Senator Robach took part in a special birthday celebration for Lauren along with his Senate colleagues.

Bill Lawler 5k Pre-Run Celebration

On Thursday, May 5, I had the privilege to attend a pre-run celebration for the Bill Lawler 5k. This event, to benefit Huntington's Disease Society of America Upstate New York Chapter, takes place tomorrow, Saturday May 7th. It is NOT too late to take part in the 5k run or the 2-mile walk. For more information on this great event and very important cause, visit Pictured with Senator Robach are Mike Prince (left) and Bill Lawler (center).

Brighton Volunteer Ambulance Kicks off National EMS Week

On Sunday, May 15th, Senator Robach had the honor to meet with the great folks over at Brighton Volunteer Ambulance during their open house. May 15th through May 21st is National EMS Week. It was great to see families taking a tour of the base and learning about the tools these men and women use on a daily basis to help save lives. For more information on Brighton Volunteer Ambulance, visit their website at