UW Emergency Management

Pandemic flu & Communicable Diseases

This Web site serves as a general, supplemental source for epidemic and pandemic resources, news and external sources of information related to the UW’s preparedness, response, recovery and business continuity planning efforts for all issues related to large-scale communicable disease outbreaks.

ACCD – The UW’s Expert Panel on Communicable Diseases

For nearly 2 decades, the UW has an active group that monitors and develops policies and procedures for the university as it relates to the actual or potential outbreak of communicable diseases.  This group, which advises the UW President, Provost and Chancellors is called the Advisory Committee on  Communicable Diseases (ACCD).  Chaired by the Director of Hall Healh, with participation by over 12 UW Departments, this group meets regularly to review public health surveillance reports, and other data to ensure the safety of UW students, faculty and staff.  Click HERE to be taken to the ACCD website.

Every attempt is made to keep the content up-to-date. Check back often for current updates.


What you can do to stay healthy

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them

For more tips and information, see H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) on the CDC Web site.