Influenza Information

Prevention

Annual vaccination is the most important measure to prevent seasonal influenza infection and is a critical step in preventing healthcare transmission of influenza from healthcare personnel (HCP) to patients and from patients to HCP. Other measures to help prevent influenza  and the spread of infection include proper hand washing, covering your mouth and nose, and staying home when you are sick.

Upstate's goal is to immunize 100% of our healthcare personnel and students.

Influenza vaccinations are offered free to current Upstate employees, students and volunteers. A valid Upstate identification badge is required. Vaccination at one of the numerous clinics beginning in October is encouraged.  Influenza vaccinations are also offered at Employee/Student Health office Downtown and at Employee Health office at Community Campus during listed times throughout the flu season. See the Flu Calendar for dates and times of availability.

Individuals vaccinated elsewhere should provide documentation of influenza vaccination by submitting a completed Documentation of Influenza Vaccination PDF Icon form or by providing a document prepared by the provider that administered the vaccine specifying the formulation and the date.

Individuals requesting medical exemption for the influenza vaccine need to have a a medical exemption form PDF Icon completed by their physician and sent to Employee/Student Health office Downtown for review and approval by the Director of Employee Student Health.

Ongoing updates on flu activity in New York and in CNY

The state Health Department provides weekly information on flu rates External Icon across the state and other flu-related information.

Onondaga County Health Department External Icon maintains a record of its reported flu cases.