Update on H1N1 Virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), data on H1N1 cases throughout the United States continue to suggest that symptoms are mild.

Nevertheless, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) reminds us that vaccination is a key part of flu prevention. Many in the CUNY Community expressed concern regarding shortages of seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine. We have no control over the national supply, but CUNY's flu page, http://www.cuny.edu/flu, provides access to the DOHMH vaccination locators, which will help you find a location near you. Prior to visiting any vaccine location, you should call ahead to ensure they have vaccines in stock.

The CUNY flu website also has the recently updated guidance document "Preventing Transmission of H1N1 Influenza in Colleges and Universities" issued by the DOHMH. This document provides additional guidance for institutions of higher education and builds on previous versions published by the DOHMH and the CDC.

Finally, while there's nothing funny about getting the flu, sometimes humor can help us get the message out to a wider audience. Please enjoy and feel free to share the following humorous public service announcement prepared by CUNY-TV at (H1N1 PSA <http://maestro.cuny.edu/trk/click?ref=zqtbwp23f_1-2cex34a1x3636017&>).

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you notice that posters need to be re-attached or that soap dispensers need to be refilled, please contact your campus Director of Health Services or the University Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management (riskmanagement@mail.cuny.edu).

Thank you.

Allan H. Dobrin

Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer