Health Information for the JTS Community

The Jewish Theological Seminary is committed to the health and well-being of our community. Any JTS health-related updates will be posted on this page as the information becomes available.


With the threat of H1N1 (swine flu), JTS follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has adopted the following protocols:

  • Those with flu-like illness should stay home and limit interactions with other people (called "self-isolation"), except to seek medical care, for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Local residents with flu-like illness who live relatively close to the JTS campus should return to their homes to keep from making others sick. Traveling by private car or taxi is preferable to using public transportation.
  • If close contact with others cannot be avoided, anyone who is ill should wear a surgical mask during the period of contact.
  • Promptly seek medical attention if a condition develops that puts you at increased risk of severe illness from flu, or if you are concerned about the illness or develop severe symptoms such as increased fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or rapid breathing
  • Students with a private room should remain in their room and receive care and meals from one person. Students can establish a "flu buddy" scheme in which students pair up to care for each other if one or the other becomes ill.

If you have an emergency and need to be seen immediately when our staff is not available, please call Security at extension 8888, call 911, or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

The nearest emergency room to JTS is at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.


Additional resources can be found on the CDC website: http://www.flu.gov/individual/index.html