Additional resources on the flu for faculty and staff 

In an effort to help preserve the well-being of the Ohio University community, the content of this site provides answers to frequently asked questions about the influenza virus and the University's response to it.

I have an employee who is ill and has come into work. I'm concerned they may have influenza and will expose others to the virus. Can I send this employee home?

Yes. You can send an employee home who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms. But prior to taking this action, please consult with Human Resources. While each case must be considered separately, employees with a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and a cough should be sent home. Other symptoms of concern are coughing and sneezing.

Can I come to work if I have flu-like symptoms?

Please refrain from coming to work if you have flu-like symptoms.  The Centers for Disease Control recommends, "If you get sick with flu-like symptoms this flu season, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care."

In the event that you must stay home because of flu-like symptoms, you will be required to use your sick leave. If you have exhausted your sick leave, you may choose to use other accrued time available to you (e.g., vacation, compensatory time, or personal days). If you do not have other accrued time available to you, then you may take Unpaid Medical Leave. Supervisors should contact UHR for partial-week absences for administrators who have exhausted all accrued time.

If I am absent from work because of flu-like symptoms, when can I return to work?

You can return to work as early as 24 hours after you are free of fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication. In order to return to work, your supervisor may—after consultation with UHR—require you to provide a release completed by your personal health care provider indicating you have been medically cleared to return to work. Please consult with your supervisor about the necessity of providing a release. The Campus Care Clinic will not provide return-to-work clearances for employees who have contracted the flu.

Do the university's health plans cover seasonal flu vaccines?

The university's Anthem PPO health plan for faculty, administrators, F.O.P. members, and classified staff covers flu vaccinations at 100 percent for PPO network providers. You are responsible for any co-pays for office visits or other fees associated with the visit.

Through an agreement with Anthem, employees and their insured dependents over age 14 can receive flu shots free of charge at participating pharmacies. Call your pharmacy to see if it participates. Be sure to take your insurance cards with you.

Shots given by out-of-network providers will not be reimbursed in full.

If a physician's office or other health care provider requires up-front payment for a vaccine, the employee should request an itemized statement from the provider. The statement can then be submitted to Anthem for reimbursement. Anthem forms are available in the forms section of the Human Resources Web site.

Employees and their family members are encouraged to obtain flu vaccines as soon as possible.

What are my options for obtaining flu vaccinations?

For employees who and family members who are covered by the University’s Anthem/Express Scripts health plans, University Human Resources has entered an agreement with Express Scripts to provide 100 percent coverage of flu shots at participating pharmacies.
Participating Athens-area pharmacies include CVS and Kroger. Flu shots provided by pharmacies will be free only if the pharmacy is willing to bill Express Scripts.
Call your preferred pharmacy to check if the pharmacy will bill the flu shots to Express Scripts.  Flu shots obtained at a pharmacy must be billed through Express Scripts for 100 percent coverage.
Flu shots provided by a physician and/or health clinic

Anthem will pay 100 percent of the allowed amount for a flu shot provided by an in-network physician or health clinic.
If the clinic or physician charges for an office visit or if they apply any other fees for the flu shot, the employee will be responsible for the $20 office visit copay and/or the additional fees.
Flu vaccinations received from non-network physicians or clinics will not be reimbursed 100 percent.