Feb. 1, 2013

Flu season has arrived and it is important that all members of the campus community take preventative measures to stay healthy and reduce the spread of viruses. This especially applies to those living and working in close quarters, such as residence halls.



  • Use good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (sneezing on shirt sleeve, elbow; frequent hand washing with soap and water--recite Happy Birthday song twice!)
  • Throw tissues in trash after use
  • Take advantage of alcohol-based hand cleaners
  • Sanitize “high-touch” surfaces (doorknobs, elevator buttons, tables, counters)
  • Avoid close contact with sick people; don’t share food, drinks, cell phones, tablets, etc.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; this is how viruses spread


  • Typical flu symptoms include abrupt onset of fever of 100°F/38°C or higher, body aches, cough, sore throat, etc.
  • If you are pregnant or have chronic medical conditions, contact your health care provider for recommendations. Such conditions include respiratory problems (like asthma), heart problems, diabetes,  kidney, liver or blood disorders, metabolic disorders, immune suppression caused by medications or HIV, or other medical conditions that may require long-term aspirin therapy

If You Are Sick

  • Please STAY HOME from class or work
  • Contact your health care provider if fever lasts over two days or if breathing problems or other severe symptoms occur
  • Students can contact the Student Health CenterExternal Link at 882-7481 for phone consultation or an appointment for evaluation and treatment
  • Manage aches, fever and cough with ibuprofen or acetaminophen and cough suppressants
  • Do not return to work or classes until your fever is under 100°F/38°C for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications and your cough is controlled

Student Absences

  • If suffering flu symptoms and unable to attend classes, students should make every effort to notify their instructors in advance
  • MU Student Health Center requests that faculty members not require documentation for absences due to flu consistent with the practice during the H1NI flu epidemic of 2009.

Employee HR Considerations

  • Staff  may use sick leave, vacation or personal days for all days absent from work
  • Employees without paid time off can use leave without pay if they are ill or must care for a sick family member
  • Please see the Flu Q&AAdobe Acrobat Document for questions


Questions can be directed to the MU Student Health Center at 882-7481, Human Resource Services at 882-7976 or the Provost’s Office at 882-6596.  Should there be a health emergency, go to MU AlertExternal Link.


Courtesy of Susan Even, M.D., Executive Director, MU Student Health Center; Campus Student Health Officer