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H1N1 Flu Information

The ongoing outbreak of Novel H1N1 flu continues to expand within the United States and internationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYS Department of Health are aggressively working to limit the spread of the H1N1 Flu. However, it is important for everyone to remain alert and continue to take common-sense measures to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus. The College will continue to work with local and state public health officials to monitor flu conditions and advise regarding the best steps to minimize the spread of influenza. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.

Please remember to follow these everyday precautions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue into the trashcan after you use it. Alternatively, cough into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective if hand wash facilities are not readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • If you contract the flu, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Remember to clean and sanitize your office workstation (i.e. telephone, desks) daily.
  • It is strongly recommended you obtain the seasonal influenza vaccine.

For additional resources regarding H1N1 flu, please visit www.flu.gov, http://www.oldwestbury.edu/campus/pandemic_flu.cfm, or call the New York State Department of Health Hotline at 1-800-808-1987.

The above information has been supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and the NYS Department of Health and was prepared by the College's Office of Environmental Health & Safety and Student Health Services.

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