To: Rensselaer Community
From: Leslie Lawrence, Medical Director, Student Health Center
Date: April 27, 2009
Re: Swine Influenza
As you know, there are currently 20 confirmed cases of Swine Influenza in the United States, including 8 cases in New York City. The New York State Health Department (NYSDOH) is working quickly to identify and respond to any additional cases of swine flu. The Student Health Center is monitoring this issue via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and county health departments.
Any student with influenza like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting) should seek medical attention at the Student Health Center. A thorough assessment will be conducted and an influenza culture for further testing and analysis will be taken if warranted.
It is important to remember that there have been no deaths from Swine Influenza in the United States. Also, there are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza (www.cdc.gov):
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
For further information, including case prevalence and travel notices see:
www.cdc.gov and www.health.state.ny.us