University at Albany
 

Health Advisories

flu

 

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 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

Sincerely,

Graciela Desemone, MD

Medical Director, UAlbany Student Health Services

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

 

 

 

Update from 11/17/17

To the UAlbany Community: 

Student Health Services has been notified by the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) of a confirmed case of mumps in a UAlbany student. This individual has sought and received medical care, was appropriately isolated from the campus population, and is no longer contagious. 

Mumps is a vaccine-preventable viral infection spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face along with possible fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite. Please find a fact sheet from NYSDOH here

It is essential for students to determine whether they are protected from mumps based on the following recommendations:

  • Two doses of MMR vaccination are required for protection. Therefore, those who have received only one dose will require a second dose.
  • If you have symptoms consistent with mumps, call your healthcare provider and inform him/her that you are symptomatic and may have been exposed to mumps. The ACDOH can assist healthcare providers with testing for mumps.
  • Individuals born after 1957 who have not received any doses or mumps-containing vaccine should receive vaccine as soon as possible. 

Prevention tips include:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough
  • Do not share drinks, food, utensils, or any personal items that come in contact with saliva

If you have additional questions, contact Student Health Services at 518-442-5454 or the Albany County Department of Health at 518-447-4640.

We will keep you updated on any new developments.

Sincerely,

Graciela Desemone, MD

Medical Director, Student Health Services

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

 

Older Advisories:

Update from 4/28/17 is here

 

To the UAlbany Community: 
Student Health Services has been notified by the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) of three confirmed cases of mumps in UAlbany students. These individuals have sought and received appropriate medical care and are currently isolated from the campus population until they are no longer contagious. 

Mumps is a vaccine-preventable viral infection spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite, swollen or tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face. Please find a fact sheet from NYSDOH here

It is essential for students to determine whether they are protected from mumps based on the following recommendations:

  • Individuals born after 1957 who have not received any doses or mumps-containing vaccine should receive vaccine as soon as possible. 
  • Two doses of Mumps vaccination provides the best protection. Therefore we recommend those who have received only one dose receive a second dose.
  • If you have symptoms consistent with mumps, call your healthcare provider and inform him/her that you are symptomatic and may have been exposed to mumps. The ACDOH can assist healthcare providers with testing for mumps.

Individuals who have not provided proof of one previous valid mumps vaccination or immunity to mumps, or individuals who can not or will not receive vaccine will be required to be excluded from campus including campus housing, classes, and co-curricular activities for 26 days after the last case is diagnosed. Currently, exclusion is through May 20, 2017, but is subject to change.

Prevention tips include:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough
  • Do not share drinks, food, utensils, or any personal items that come in contact with saliva

If you have additional questions, contact Student Health Services at 518-442-5454 or the Albany County Department of Health at 518-447-4640.

I will keep you updated on any new developments.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Kobos, MD
Medical Director
UAlbany Student Health Services