Flu Advisory from MU

Jan. 16, 2018

Dear Faculty,

With the peak of an especially severe flu season upon us, it’s more important than ever that we ensure faculty, staff and students are taking steps to protect the university community. 

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, more than 17,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Missouri since Oct. 1, 2017. This is many more than in recent years. Since flu season lasts from September through March, these numbers will most certainly increase.

If you are ill, it is important to stay home and avoid contact with others for as long as you have a fever. Remember to report your absence in accordance with the policies and procedures for your college, school or division. 

MU Health Care officials share tips to protect yourself and others in this story.

Students have been instructed to stay home and avoid contact with others if they have a fever. Course attendance policies need to support this recommendation as we strive to protect the university community. 

Please note, students seen by health care providers for flu-like illnesses may request a letter for documentation of the illness that may be used for a class or work excuse. 

Let’s work together to make the start of the semester a safe and healthy one!


Garnett S. Stokes

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs