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Pandemic Flu

Along with the traditional concerns about seasonal flu that occur as the weather of winter grows colder, there are growing concerns worldwide about the possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak. Due to this concern, SUNY College at Old Westbury is taking several measures to prepare the campus for a pandemic flu event.

  • Our campus has created a Pandemic Flu Assessment Team comprised of representatives of key response departments to conduct pre-event planning and prepare specific pandemic flu response procedures.
  • The College is in the process of developing procedures and plans for supporting ill students who reside on campus, if it becomes necessary.
  • Through Student Health Services, the College is already providing flu prevention information to students, faculty and staff, including this web site and the ongoing hand-washing poster campaign.
  • College officials are working with the Nassau County Health Department and the State of New York to make sure our preparations and plans are consistent with theirs. In an outbreak or pandemic, those agencies have authority to direct public health actions, including quarantine. The College is also participating in system-wide planning efforts being guided by the State University of New York.

A pandemic flu refers to a widespread (global) outbreak of a rapidly spreading, severe disease, in this case, a highly virulent influenza strain. The prevalence of travel today provides the opportunity for a highly infectious organism, such as a new flu virus, to spread around the world in a few short weeks. There have been three pandemics in the last 100 years, in 1918 (Spanish Flu), 1957 (Asian Flu), and 1968 (Hong Kong Flu).

Current Flu Resources




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