The University of Baltimore's Emergency Management Team has developed comprehensive plans in the event of an outbreak of influenza. The federal Centers for Disease Control and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are tasked to alert and advise the public on what measures to take.
What You Can Do to Prevent the Flu
According to the CDC, flu prevention is the best way to keep the disease under control. Follow these easy steps:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
Learn about flu symptoms and treatment.
Sign up for UB's emergency text messaging system, which updates you on school closings and other matters that can affect your daily schedule.
What UB Will Do In the Event of a Flu Outbreak
Should a large-scale outbreak occur, UB's response will be targeted at effective management of the disease, as it would be in the event of any disease with the potential to lead to a pandemic.
Learn more about UB's response to emergencies of all kinds.