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Columbia Health strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to take preventive measures to limit the spread of flu. The most effective means is to get a flu shot.
Columbia students, faculty, and staff on the Morningside campus may receive a free flu shot by scheduling an appointment at Medical Services in John Jay Hall (appointment is required).
- Students: log on to the secure online appointment system (you will need your Columbia UNI and password), or
- Students/Faculty/Staff: call (212) 854-7426.
We provide free flu shots to members of the Columbia community on the Morningside campus and Affiliated Schools, but not to their dependents (children, spouses, or domestic partners).
Additional preventive measures include:
- Use good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are equally effective.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Try to avoid casually touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact, such as hugging or kissing, with others who are ill.
- If you become ill, limit your contact with others to keep from exposing them.
- Remain in your residence hall or at home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have fever (without the use of medications that reduce fever, like Motrin or Tylenol)
Please check the following for more information about the seasonal flu shot:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The CDC’s flu web portal, featuring everything about the 2012-13 seasonal flu.
- CDC: Key Facts - Who should get the vaccine?
- Flu.gov - Online resource for comprehensive information on seasonal, H1N1, H5N1 (bird flu) and pandemic flu.
- New York City Influenza Information - The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene online flu resource, including information specific to New York City residents.