State Flu Law

During your stay as a patient or while visiting the hospital, you may see hospital personnel, volunteers, students, doctors and vendor representatives wearing surgical or procedure masks. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) Regulation for Prevention of Influenza Transmission by Healthcare and Residential Facility and Agency Personnel mandates that once flu season has been declared by the NYS Health Commissioner, all hospital and outpatient personnel who are not vaccinated against influenza wear a surgical or procedure mask during influenza season while working in areas where patients may be present. This is to protect both our patients and visitors, as well as our healthcare professionals. Areas where you may see hospital personnel wearing masks include patient rooms, treatment areas, nurses’ stations, hallways, elevators and various outpatient sites.

This regulation does not apply to visitors to Stony Brook University Hospital or family members of patients. However, upon entering the hospital lobby during flu season, you will see signs 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.