Ebola and Flu Information

Contact

Lindsey Kayman, CIH, LEED AP (O+M)
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
524 W. 59th St., Room L2.61
New York, NY 10019
Office: 212.621.4117
Cell: 917.682.6288
lkayman@jjay.cuny.edu

Kevin A. Cassidy
Director of Public Safety & Risk Management
kcassidy@jjay.cuny.edu

 

 

Infectious Disease Information: Ebola and Flu

Ebola

While the threat of the Ebola virus to John Jay is small, steps are being taken to ensure that the campus is prepared to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and deal with any contingencies that may arise. Mechanisms to address persons who are ill and have Ebola disease risk factors have been established to minimize exposures and to ensure immediate notification to the NYC Department of Health (DOH) who will take charge of the situation.

Ebola resourceS

 

Flu

It is influenza (flu) season. Influenza is most common during the fall and winter months. It is often confused with the common cold since the symptoms for both are very similar, but the effects of the flu are usually much worse than the cold.

Symptoms of the flu that appear within 1 to 4 days after exposure to the virus include:

  • Chills
  • Dry cough
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat

Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (more common in children than in adults)

Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. It is easily transmitted through contact with droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person during coughing and sneezing. Influenza can be caught by anyone, but it is most serious in cases where young children, the elderly, or people with chronic underlying health conditions catch it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children 6 months and older should receive at least one dose of the seasonal influenza vaccine. A second dose, administered at least four weeks after the first dose of the vaccine, may also be required for children aged 6 months through 8 years. The CDC also recommends annual influenza vaccination for all adults, especially those who are considered at a higher risk for complications should they contract the virus. Adults who are at higher risk include:

  • People at 50 and above, especially those aged 65 and above
  • People who have medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or a weakened immune system
  • Pregnant women or women who plan to be pregnant
  • Household caregivers
  • Health care workers

Below are a few tips to prevent getting the flu and spreading the flu:

  • Everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Visit your doctor or use the flu locator widget on this page to find out where you can get the vaccine.
  • Wash your hands or if there is no immediate access to soap and water, use the hand sanitizers located throughout the college frequently.
  • Clean and disinfect your work area with disinfectant wipes.
  • Stay home or go home if you have flu-like symptoms.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough/sneeze into your elbow.

     

Flu Resources:

John Jay Student Health Services

CUNY Student Services Influenza Information

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Flu Portal

New York City Office of Emergency Management

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NYC.gov Flu FAQs

Vaccine FAQs

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Influenza Prevention and Control, 2012-2013

CDC - What You Should Know for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season

Stomach Virus (Norovirus)