Hatzalah H1N1 Flu Safety Alert for Yeshivos and Schools


swine-flu8The recent spread of H1N1 (Swine) Flu in New York and around the country, with significant incidence in Brooklyn has alarmed many members of our community. With Shavuos approaching, frum communities have a slightly wider concern. Looking forward to partaking in shul learning sessions, enjoying a shul Kiddush, visiting with families and friends, etc. increases the probability of sharing germs and infecting people with the highly contagious H1N1 flu virus. What can we do to minimize the inherent dangers in public gatherings without compromising simchas Yom Tov?

With this in mind, Hatzolah has issued suggestions that are easy to follow at home and in communal institutions. Readers are urged to make every attempt to follow these

sensible precautions and do our utmost to safeguard the good health of our families, be’ezras Hashem.

— Take extra care and see a doctor at the sign of the following flu-like symptoms:

  • Fever and chills Rapid breathing Sore throat, cough Headache, fatigue Body aches, chills

— Practice periodic hand-washing with anti-bacterial soap and water, Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer on you at all times for when soap and water is unavailable. (Purell)

— Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

— Promote the use of paper towels.

— Minimize contact sports.

— Cover your mouth and nose upon sneezing and/or coughing, and then wash your hands each time.

— Wash your hands upon shaking anyone’s hands.

— Ask someone with a confirmed case of H1N1 flu to wear a face mask.

— Stay at home if you are sick, or may be.


  • Use cloth towels in public places such as shuls, schools and restaurants.
  • Use netilas yadayim cups without sanitizing a few times daily.
  • Use public transportation without washing your hands immediately upon coming home.
  • Touch objects or surfaces that may be contaminated with the live virus without washing your hands with soap and water.
  • Eat out at a simcha or restaurant without making sure utensils and dishes are clean.

For further information or to report a suspected incident, contact the New York City Health Department at 917-438-9766.

{Elisha Ferber-Matzav.com Newscenter}