Flu Season Isn't Over Yet

Dear RBHS Colleagues:

Flu activity this season has remained high for an extended period of time relative to previous years. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is still reporting high activity throughout the state.

All Rutgers clinical entities have enacted thorough precautions to prevent spread of the flu, including the consistent use of masks when treating patients who exhibit flu-like symptoms, and the wearing of masks by patient-facing employees who have not been vaccinated. My office has fielded inquiries from staff asking whether the timing is right to ease such precautions. Unfortunately, we must continue the practice of effective treatment and prevention while this high flu activity continues; our protocols remain in effect.

Historically, flu season tends to peak between October and March, but with flu activity in New Jersey still at high levels, we need to keep precautions in place until further notice. This is also in alignment with similar measures taken by our health system partners at RWJBH. We will continue to monitor the State’s surveillance reports and communicate updates to you when appropriate or when termination of the protocols is warranted.

Thank you for your continued vigilance in helping to contain the spread of flu this season and protecting the members of the Rutgers community from spread of this deadly disease.

Sincerely, 

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University

Vicente H. Gracias, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University