Health

If you see someone experiencing a medical emergency, call University Police at 716-645-2222 if on campus, call 911 if downtown or off-campus.

Find topical information and guidelines about health-related incidences that could affect numerous people in the UB community and Western New York at-large.

Flu

What is Flu?

Flu — also known as influenza — is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. If you have a fever, cough, fatigue or body aches, you may have the flu.

Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu

In addition to getting vaccinated, there are simple steps you can take to help stop the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Do not share personal items
  • Do not share food or drink or eating utensils
  • Do not prepare food for others if you are ill
  • Avoid those who are sick
  • Wash surfaces in your work space, including keyboards and telephones

Contagious? Stay Home

With any contagious illness, you should try to limit contact with others to contain the spread of the disease. It is best for everyone if you remain at home (unless you’re going to see a health care provider) until you are better and no longer infectious.

Seek Immediate Medical Care

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, or if flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, you should seek medical care immediately.

Student Information for the Flu

Vaccinations

While UB is not holding any more formal flu vaccine clinics — the university held several during the fall semester — students still can obtain a flu shot by making an appointment at Student Health Services.

Students can make an appointment to receive the flu shot at Student Health Services by calling 716-829-3316.

If You Have Flu-Like Symptoms

  • Isolate yourself from others until you have not had a fever (or signs of a fever) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines
  • Call Student Health Services 716-829-3316 for advice
  • Do not walk into the Student Health Services office for care; this will help prevent the spread of flu
  • Contact your professors to make accommodations to complete coursework

Employee Information for the Flu

Vaccinations

While UB is not holding any more formal flu vaccine clinics — the university held several during the fall semester — faculty and staff still can obtain a flu shot at their doctor’s office and at local pharmacies.

If You Have Flu-Like Symptoms

Employees who are sick should stay home and contact their supervisors. 

Report an Emergency

On Campus
  Call 716-645-2222 or
  Use a blue light phone
Off Campus —
Call 911
Downtown —
Call 911

Non-Emergencies

Hazardous Materials
    Call 716-829-3301

Police
    Call 716-645-2227