Prevention
  1. Get the influenza vaccine. If you are able to get the seasonal influenza vaccine, which is currently available, do so before the start of schoolas soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment at The Ashe Center Immunizations Clinic or at one of The Ashe Center Flu Shot Fairs. 
  2. Prepare a general self treatment kit prior to arrival on campus for you to keep where you live.
  3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water OR hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

 

You can protect others from Influenza too:  

  1. If you are coughing, cough into a tissue or your sleeve if a tissue is not available. Avoid coughing directly into your hand as everything you touch after this will have influenza virus on it.
  2. If you sick with a high fever and cough or sore throat, stay at home or in your room. Contact your instructor or professor to determine how you can make up missed work. You may return to classes when you have not had a fever for 24 hours.
 

It’s never too early or too late to plan and think about important steps you can take to increase awareness and prevention. We always work closely with campus and community partners to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our institution. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available to us.

Here are a few tips on how you can be a Bruin Flu Fighter this season! 
 
Get vaccinated.
Have questions about whether or not you should be vaccinated? Talk with your Ashe Center Primary Care Provider (PCP). Generally, the CDC recommends a flu shot for every person age six months or older. 
 
All currently registered UCLA students can obtain a flu shot from The Ashe Center by scheduling an appointment or visiting one of our Flu Fairs – join our Facebook page for the latest flu information and updates.
 
Practice prevention.
Responsible respiratory hygiene is key. Besides getting your flu shot, you should: wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, and dispose of used tissues promptly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth- germs spread that way! Also, keep your hands to yourself and avoid close contact with others. Finally, get plenty of sleep and eat balanced meals. 
Practice good hand hygiene.
Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand rubs also are useful.
Create your own flu packs.
To help you be prepared, you should create your own flu pack with the following items: acetaminophen (Tylenol), paper or electronic thermometer (not mercury), hand sanitizer, disposable tissues, and small packs of pre-moistened towels (to wipe multi-user surfaces).
Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of the flu.
Symptoms of flu may include some or all of the following: a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius (possible signs of fever: if the person feel very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and tiredness. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
Educate yourself about class absence policies.
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 37.8 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Don't go to class or work.
Take advantage of automated Ashe Center procedures when possible.
Obtaining a verification of illness or disability, test results, &/or general information can be accessed on The Ashe Center website by logging onto the secure Ashe Patient Portal e.g., sending your PCP a secure message, or by emailing us.
 ​
For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit Flu.gov, or call (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636).