The UAB Department of Occupational Health & Safety's mission is to ensure that our customers have a safe workplace by providing them with the service and knowledge necessary to protect themselves, the UAB community, and the environment.

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killer in the U.S., resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

Learn about the health dangers of heat from the National Weather Service and how you can practice heat safety wherever you are.

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Each Fourth of July, many celebrate the holiday with barbeque, parties, boating, and generally having fun. It is, after all, a celebration of the country's independence. After the sun has set and the day's parties are winding down, another round of celebration cranks up by shooting off fireworks.

Enjoy the celebration of our country's independence but do so safely and responsibly. The misuse of fireworks account for a significant number of emergency room visits. Make sure you are around to see them this year and in the future.

View the Fireworks Safety Checklist