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Flu Preparedness

There are some basic precautions we can all take to limit the spread of flu:

  1. Wash Your HandsWash your hands often with soapy water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Please take advantage of the hand sanitizer dispensers that are installed around campus.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the inside of your arm when you sneeze or cough. Throw away all tissues in the trash after they're used.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when possible. Avoid close contact with others who are ill.
  4. If you have a fever and cough, stay home. You don't want to make yourself sicker, and you don't want to spread what might be the flu virus.
  5. Take precautions when traveling in areas where the flu virus has been spreading rapidly.
  6. If you have access to the influenza vaccine through your usual source of care, take advantage of it now and get your seasonal influenza vaccine. The sooner you get it, the better protected you are.

Thank you for your assistance in protecting yourself and the collective health of our campus community during the upcoming flu season.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs and symptoms of flu?
Signs and symptoms of flu include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

How can I protect myself and others from flu?
Preventive hygiene is the suggested method of protecting yourself, especially after eating, shaking hands, or touching phones, computer keyboards, or other shared devices. We suggest you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not get too close to people who are sick.
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, avoid contact with other people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

What should I do if I develop flu-like symptoms?

  • Stay home from school or work until your symptoms are gone and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Most people who become ill will fully recover within a week and do not require medical attention. However, if you are over 65, are pregnant, or have long-term health problems such as asthma or diabetes, call your health care provider to see if you need medication.

When do I need medicine for the flu?
Most people recover without medication, but if you are over 65, pregnant, or have a long-term health condition such as asthma or diabetes, call your health care provider right away to see if you need medication.

What are some on-campus resources available for ill students?
Students who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should contact the Office of Health Services (Room 307 North) at 212.772.4800. A staff member will speak to you about seeking the appropriate care.


Stay Informed

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CUNY Flu Updates

New York State Department of Health

NYTimes: "With Soap and Water or Sanitizer, a Cleaning That Can Stave Off the Flu" (09/14/09)

NYTimes: "As Flu Vaccine Arrives for the Season, Some Questions and Answers" (10/09/09)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Government Pandemic Flu Website

World Health Organization


Additional Resources

New York City Office of Emergency Management: "Guide to the Pandemic Flu"

Occupational Safety & Health Administration: "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Pandemic Flu"

Centers for Disease Control: "Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance"

CDC: "2009 H1N1 Flu and You"

CDC: "Take 3 Steps to Fight the Flu"

CDC: "Clean Hands Save Lives"

CDC: "Hand Hygiene"





Contact Us

Health Services
t: 212.772.4800
f: 212.650.3254 or 212.396.6703
Room 307, Hunter North

Health Promotion & Education
t: 212.772.4909
Room 307, Hunter North

t: 212.772.4931
Room 1123, Hunter East

For assistance after 5:30 pm, or in the case of an on-campus emergency, please call
Public Safety at 212.772.4444
. In the case of an off-campus emergency, call 911.

DISCLAIMER: Our provision of links to external websites does not imply approval, warrant the
accuracy of any information, or endorse any opinions expressed on any of the external websites.

Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance for Staff & Faculty
Stay Informed
Additional Resources


Contact Us

Office of Health Services
68th Street Campus
Room 307 North
Phone: (212) 772-4800
Mon - Thu: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 3 pm

Nurse Practitioner Hours
Mon - Wed: 10 am - 5:30 pm


The Flu & You

Students, faculty and staff who are concerned that they may have H1N1 should call their primary care physician. Current students may also contact the Office of Health Services at (212) 772-4800. If you think you have H1N1, DO NOT come to school or visit the Health Services Office. Please call us for further instructions.

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