Influenza Announcements & Updates

SUNY Downstate is closely monitoring information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about influenza in our region.

We urge you to remain aware of advisories, and to take everyday actions to stay healthy.

For Patients and Visitors:

For mild symptoms and non-urgent medical conditions, patients should call their regular physician for guidance and advice first before heading to an emergency department. This ensures that our community's urgent care resources are reserved for the patients who need them most.

If severe symptoms develop, call your healthcare provider. If the healthcare provider is not available, go to the emergency room.

Where To Get a Flu Shot:

Vaccinations against flu viruses are the best way to prevent illness, and we urge everyone in the CDC priority groups for seasonal flu to take advantage of vaccinations as appropriate.

Flu shots are usually available from your primary care physician or pediatrician, as well as through local community clinics.

Downstate employees:

If you are feeling ill from influenza-like symptoms, you should notify your supervisor and stay home. If you need to seek medical attention, contact your primary care provider. If you develop flu symptoms while at work, you should seek care from Employee-Student Health Services. Do not go to the Downstate Emergency Room for care unless you have severe symptoms that require emergency care.


Key Facts About Influenza (Flu) from the CDC