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Environmental Health
& Radiation Safety /Environmental Health
& Safety


Medical Center
630 West 168th Street,
Mailbox #8
New York, NY  10032
Phone:  (212) 305-6780

Morningside Campus
S.W. Mudd Building, Suite 350
New York, NY  10027
Phone:  (212) 854-8749

2007/2008 Influenza Vaccine Availability

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including people with chronic medical conditions. The vaccine contains three different inactivated influenza viruses; the viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that these simple actions can also help stop the spread of influenza and the ‘common cold’:

  • Washing hands often will help protect you.
  • Stay home when you are sick; you will feel better sooner and help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.  It may protect those around you from getting sick.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick. When you are sick keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

How to get vaccinated?

bullet Medical Center Faculty & Staff may visit the Occupational Health Service, Harkness Pavilion 1 South. Flu Shots are available Monday – Wednesday and on Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Thursday from 8 am – 2 pm.   Bring your Hospital or University ID badge with you. 
bullet Medical Center Students, enrolled in the Student Health Services Program, can go to SHS at 60 Haven, Monday-Thursday, 8AM-7PM.
bullet Morningside Students, Faculty and Staff, can receive vaccine at no cost through Student Health Services. The vaccine will be provided at a number of different sites, for the schedule, access http://www.health.columbia.edu/docs/services/immunizations/flu_shot.html

Plan your Escape at Home, at Work

Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, is not only in NYC but across the country.  This year the theme is “Practice your Escape Plan”.  Most people are aware of their escape plan at home but seldom practice it.  Take time to review your escape plan with all members of your household.  Have any renovations taken place that may have changed your avenues of escape?  Will any members of your household be hearing about the plan for the first time?  Please review your plan and practice it.

At work, do you know how to escape your floor in case of a fire or emergency? Do you know where the exits stairs are located and where they terminate?  Practice your escape plan not just at home but also at work. For valuable fire safety information see the FDNY’s website:
http://nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/safety/firesafety.shtml  In addition, if you have any question about fire safety, in the home or workplace, you can call the Fire Safety Officer at CUMC EH&RS/EH&S 212.305-6780, and at Morningside Public Safety 212.854-8749.  CUMC’s annual Fire Drills began in October to coincide with Fire Prevention Week. At the Morningside campus, fire drills have been completed in residence halls and are underway in academic buildings.

This fall when you change your clocks back an hour, also change the batteries
in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!

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