All communities are at risk for infectious disease outbreaks.  Recognizing an outbreak, educating/informing the public, and mitigating its spread are a few of the key functions of government.  To this end, the University maintains a Student Health Center to treat non-emergency medical conditions and promote disease prevention, education, and control.  Additionally, the University communicates with the Alabama Department of Public Health regarding public health concerns.

One common type of infectious disease is the flu.

Influenza Viruses (Flu) are infectious diseases that strike birds and mammals and are largely composed of three types: A, B, and C.  These viruses spread through people from respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes, either through the air by passing into the nose or mouth, or by touching an object containing droplets and then transferring it by touch to the eyes, nose, or mouth.  The symptoms include mild to severe illness, and sometimes death.   (Protection tips)

A recent influenza virus causing illness in people is the H1N1 (Swine) Flu.  The H1N1 virus is now considered a pandemic by the World Health Organization.  The range of symptoms vary from mild to severe.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) is very contagious in birds and can be transmitted to humans.  H5N1 is a subtype that has crossed into humans and can cause death; however, the efficient transmission from humans to humans has not occurred.  Should this happen, we are likely to experience a pandemic.


CDC links on other infectious diseases





Swine Flu

West Nile


Protection Protocols

Cough Etiquette

Hand Cleansing


Alabama Department of Public Health Videos on Flu Prevention Tips