University at Albany

Health Advisories



To the UAlbany Community: 
Given the widespread flu activity in New York as well as across the U.S., and in anticipation of flu affecting our UAlbany campus, Student Health Services (SHS) would like to share some information about the flu and reinforce some flu prevention guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The flu, or influenza, is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can spread from person to person and is more readily spread in group settings, such as a university. Symptoms of the flu include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent getting or spreading the flu, as recommended by the CDC:
  • AVOID CLOSE CONTACT:  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them too.
  • STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE FLU SYMPTOMS: If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when sick.  Sick Meals are available for students who are living on campus and have a meal plan. 
  • MONITOR WORSENING SYMPTOMS: Seek immediate medical care if you develop any worsening symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent cough, or a high fever.
  • COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and discard after use.
  • CLEAN YOUR HANDS: Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH:  Germs spread easily this way.
  • PRACTICE OTHER GOOD HEALTH HABITS: Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces, get plenty of sleep and keep hydrated.
  • AND….IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SOflu shots are still available in some local pharmacies.

For more information, visit


Graciela Desemone, MD

Medical Director, UAlbany Student Health Services

400 Patroon Creek Blvd. | Suite 200 | Albany, NY 12206 | (518) 442-5454