Pandemic Flu and Communicable Diseases

The University’s goal is to keep the Columbia community healthy and safe by preparing contingency plans. In the case of a pandemic flu outbreak, please check this site frequently and follow guidance on changes to campus operations. General tips for preparing for a pandemic flu or any readily communicable disease may include:

  • Engaging in preventative hygiene measure such as covering cough and washing hands
  • Receiving a vaccination, if you are deemed eligible, in accordance with public health guidelines
  • Protecting yourself and others by contacting your healthcare provider and staying home if you are feeling ill
    • Students on the Morningside campus may call (212) 854-2284
    • Students on the CUMC campus may call (212) 305-3400
    • Faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider
  • Taking safety precautions when traveling to areas affected by disease

For more information about preparing for communicable disease or pandemic illness, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.