Although the H1N1 flu virus pandemic is over, Ashford University remains committed to helping our community stay informed about seasonal flu viruses. Please review the information on this page to learn how you can help to prevent the outbreak and spread of the flu virus on campus, and the importance of getting a flu shot. This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
CDC recommends influenza vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. Vaccination of people with certain health conditions is important because they are at higher risk of serious flu-related complications.
How You Can Help
As you may know, the flu virus can be spread easily from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the outbreak and spread of the flu virus at Ashford University, but we need your help. Please review the list below to understand what you can do to help:
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
- Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This determination should be made without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
- Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu.
For the most up-to-date information, visit flu.gov or call 1.800.CDC.INFO (232-4636).