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Protect yourself and others from influenza

Flu viruses are spread through inhaling the droplets produced by coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. This is why cough etiquette -- covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze and then throwing the tissue away - is an important precaution.

Close personal contact is also likely to spread the virus, as well as contact with surfaces that have been contaminated by respiratory droplets. Frequent hand washing is an important preventive measure, especially after you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth since germs can spread this way. If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, seek medical care and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

We ask that you please follow these points:

  • If you are a student and have flu-like symptoms, seek treatment at the Health Service (845 437-5800).
  • Employees with flu-like symptoms should seek treatment from their own medical providers.
  • If you are ill or experiencing flu-like symptoms, please do not attend campus gatherings.
  • Please do not invite guests to campus who may be ill.
  • We encourage you to carefully consider all non-essential travel, especially to areas experiencing outbreaks.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, May 1, 2009