Health Alert

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) and Influenza-Like Illness (ILI)

The seasonal flu vaccine is now available and free for students! Seasonal flu is a public health threat, therefore, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends vaccinating everyone 6 months of age and older.

The flu is caused by a very contagious virus that is spread mainly when people cough, sneeze or talk.  Symptoms include but are not limited to: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.  Unfortunately, individuals are contagious beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven day after the individual is experiencing the symptoms.  The treatment is supportive care meaning, each symptom is treated until the individual starts to feel better.  Treatment includes rest, fluids, Tylenol, etc. We also have prepared self-care practices for those who become ill.

Complications of the flu can include pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and the exasperation of chronic medical conditions.  Should this occur, it is best to contact your physician immediately.

In order to assist you, the Health Services Office has compiled recommendations for preventive measures based on educational and government agencies. Another way of preventing the flu is to receive the flu vaccine recommended by government agencies.  Each year the three main antigens in the flu vaccine consist of two A antigen and one B antigen.  This year, the H1N1 antigen is included in the composition of the vaccine; therefore, two vaccines are not necessary as they were last year.

The College of New Rochelle Health Services Office is committed to promoting a safe and healthy campus, and it is extremely important for everyone to be mindful of good health practices at this time.  Though the vaccine does not protect against all viruses, by receiving the flu vaccine, you have greater chance of not missing classes and staying healthy.

For those who would like additional information, we have compiled Resource Links about the flu.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Health Services office at (914) 654-5311 or healthcenter@cnr.edu.