H1N1 Virus Information
Report Flu-like Symptoms
We are required to report flu statistics to various governmental agencies as well as to SUNY. This is anonymous and voluntary and will not be used for any other purpose except to monitor cases of flu and to determine if we have clusters on campus. To report flu-like symptoms, please visit Health Services at room A402, building A.
The New York City Department of Health reports that while transmission of the H1N1 virus has declined significantly in New York City, it is still occurring at low levels. All precautionary measures that have been recommended by the Mayor and the City's Office of Health and Human Services have been implemented in order to contain the spread of this virus and keep our community safe. To date, there have been no reports of illness at FIT.
Since taking simple precautions is good common sense, we remind you to follow the New York State Department of Health guidelines posted on www.nyhealth.gov or New York City’s Office of Health and Mental Hygiene at www.nyc.gov:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
- When you cough or sneeze, cough into your elbow to avoid spreading germs with your hands
- If you are sick, stay home and contact Health Services or your doctor
The college has taken steps to continue to ensure the health and safety of our community. Hand sanitizers have been installed in key locations around the campus and individual hand sanitizers are being distributed. Communications including email and signage has been posted providing the students with prevention information and the Residential Life Department continues to provide students with updated information as it is received from the Department of Health.
While it is very unlikely that we will need to implement them, FIT does have protocols for dealing with an outbreak of communicable diseases that affect our campus, which include:
- Providing timely information for students—both resident and non-resident populations, their parents, and the general FIT community through website postings, emails, and on-campus flyers
- Contacting students participating in off-campus activities including internships, work situations, study abroad programs, and volunteerism programs if appropriate
- Establishing a temporary telephone center in order to help Health Services respond to a large volume of calls and ensure that professional staff is available to answer questions.
In addition the college has established a committee to:
- monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) websites for the latest updates on H1N1
- establish institutional protocols for response to H1N1
- monitor H1N1 within the College
- provide overall guidance