Communicable diseases spread from one person to another or from an animal to a person. The spread often happens via airborne viruses or bacteria, but also through blood or other bodily fluid. The terms infectious and contagious are also used to describe communicable disease. In this section, learn about coordinated efforts to combat a few of the most serious communicable diseases on a global level.
Staying healthy during flu season
It is peak season for the common flu (influenza), and there are important steps you can take to prevent illness, including getting an annual flu shot, washing your hands frequently, and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Information about the new Coronavirus
If you traveled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China within the last 14 days AND have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call the IU Health Center (812-855-4011) or your primary health care provider before seeking evaluation or treatment and inform them of your symptoms and recent travel. We recommend that anyone who feels ill should not attend events where others may be exposed.