About Influenza

Widespread influenza-like illness is being reported across New York State. Because of the high incidence of flu and flu-like illness occurring statewide and locally, Stony Brook University Hospital is encouraging visitors who may be experiencing flu-like symptoms not to visit their loved ones in the hospital until they are healthy. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and chills.

If you choose to visit a patient in the hospital, we recommend you wear a mask, whether or not you have received a flu shot, and you wash your hands frequently during your visit.

According to a New York State Department of Health regulation, all hospital and outpatient personnel, volunteers, students, doctors and vendor representatives who are not vaccinated against influenza are required to wear a surgical or procedure mask during influenza season while working in areas where patients may be present. This is meant to protect both our patients and their visitors, as well as our healthcare professionals.

This website is designed to answer questions about Stony Brook University's proactive response to the influenza virus. Please use the links in the left menu to learn more about how to protect yourself, and what to do if you believe you have the virus.