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September 29th, 2009

Subject: H1N1 Update

Dear UAlbany Student:

I wanted to provide you with an update concerning H1N1 and ongoing efforts at the University to mitigate the possible impact on campus. To date, the University Health Center has seen sporadic low-level, influenza like illness among UAlbany students.

If you are feeling ill and have symptoms of an influenza like illness including fever, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, fever and muscle aches, you should return home (to your permanent address) if possible and stay isolated until your fever has been gone for at least 24-hours. If you cannot return home you should remain isolated from others as much as possible.

In order to facilitate the University's on-going monitoring of infectivity among our campus population, I encourage you to self-report that you are ill by visiting the University's H1N1 web site at www.albany.edu/h1n1 and clicking the "Self Report Here" tab on the left hand side of the page. Self reporting is completely voluntary.

The University is working with the Albany County Department of Health to arrange for the delivery of the H1N1 flu vaccine to UAlbany students once it becomes available. At that time I will advise you of the specific dates and times of these flu clinics.

Finally, I urge you to practice good respiratory hygiene by avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth excessively, and wash your hands often.

I would ask that you share this message with your parents/guardians as well as family members at other colleges or universities in an effort to get the message out about good health hygiene.


Peter Vellis, DO
Medical Director,
University Health Center