Important Health Notices/Announcements
Important Announcement for Siena Community:
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 Service
Friday, October 24, 2014
Dear Members of the Siena Community:
Over the past few days, several people have inquired about Siena’s plan and response should there be an Ebola report. This is purely an informational update for you. At this time, the College is unaware of any students, faculty or staff members who have traveled or plan to travel to the impacted areas.
The Siena College Health Services continues to closely monitor the evolving Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the effect it is having in the U.S. and throughout the world. The Siena College Health Service staff of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistant, 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), and the American College Health Association to keep abreast of the latest expert information and guidance.
There have been no cases of Ebola in our 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.
Siena has taken the following steps to protect our community:
Given the course of the situation in West Africa and our responsibility to protect the health of the community, Siena is prohibiting student, faculty, and staff travel for College purposes -- research, educational, and business -- to three countries: Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. These restrictions are in keeping with CDC travel warnings; additional countries may be added as the CDC's advice changes. The Office of International Programs monitors/approves all College-related international travel.
We have students, faculty, and staff whose permanent home address or country of origin includes countries around the globe. Given the current situation, travel for personal reasons to countries under CDC travel warnings is strongly discouraged. Likewise, hosting personal visitors or visitors for College-related activities from countries under CDC travel warnings is strongly discouraged for the time being.
In addition, we are also taking the following steps:
We will continue to monitor developments in the US and in West Africa closely; we will update you with important, relevant information as it becomes available; and we will continue to be on guard for any developments which might have an impact on our community.
If you have any questions, please call Health Services at 518-783-2554.
Maryellen Gilroy, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
CDC Health News
Updated:1/26/2015 9:26:08 AM