Important Health Notices/Announcements
Important Announcement for Siena Community:
February 5, 2015:
Over the past several days, cases of measles have been reported in various locations in the United States. The Siena College Health Services continues to closely monitor the measles case outbreak and its potential impact to the Siena Community. The Health Service staffs of doctors and nurse practitioners, as an affiliate of St Peter’s Health Partners, are actively monitoring the information, protocols and treatment recommendations being communicated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH). There have been no reported cases of measles in the immediate Capital District region. However, that does not mean we should not be vigilant and prepared: the safety and well-being of our community is a foremost priority.
Given our responsibility to protect the health of our community Siena has taken the following travel precautions: Siena is requesting that all student, faculty, and staff travel for College purposes to any area or institution where there is a confirmed case of measles and/or quarantine, needs to be cleared first through the College Health Services on a case by case basis to ensure that everyone traveling has up to date vaccinations and/or is in compliance with updated Department of Health recommendations. Health Services can assist you in obtaining this information.
We will continue to monitor developments in the US closely and keep the community informed as necessary. If you have any questions, please call Siena College Health Services at 518-783-2554. We appreciate your cooperation.
January 12, 2015:
Influenza 2015 - What you need to know from Siena College Health Services Flu season is upon us.
Influenza is widespread throughout New York State. The predominant strain is Influenza A-H3, the strain that has drifted from the strain included in this year's flu vaccine. Influenza is a contagious respiratory virus that is spread person-to -person by direct or indirect contact with the droplets produced by an infected person when they cough or sneeze. Symptoms of the flu are usually sudden onset and more severe. They include: Fatigue, Fever above 100, Chills, Headaches and /or Body aches, Cough and /or Sore Throat, Runny Nose, Diarrhea Here are the precautions you can take to help avoiding the flu: 1.Wash Hands Often -Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. 2.Cover Your Mouth -Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands. 3.Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose and Mouth- Germs are spread this way 4.Clean Often - Disinfect surfaces and objects that maybe contaminated by germs. 5.Avoid close contact- maintain a 3 feet distance with others who are sick 6.Take care of your immune system- Get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat healthy foods 7.Get a Flu vaccine... The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. Contact your local doctor, pharmacy or county health department to get your flu shot. Students: If you do become ill with flu like symptoms- please contact the Health Services (518)783-2554 to speak with the nurse. Employees: If you do become sick with flu like illness, please contact your supervisor. In order to minimize the spread of the virus, it is recommended people with flu symptoms should Stay Home and Self isolate until: ·You no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol ; ·You no longer have signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). For more information about the flu, visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/ http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/fact_sheet.htm www.cdc.gov Carrie Hogan, MS, ANP-C Director of Health Services.
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Updated:4/1/2015 6:31:40 PM