UNM Students click here for H1N1 vaccination information from Student Health & Counseling.
Most individuals will not need to seek medical attention for the flu. The CDC recommends that for the general public (including students), an individual with the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
If you experience flu symptoms and have an underlying, chronic medical condition, you should consult with your physician. If you have difficulty keeping fluids down for 24 hours, or if you have a fever of 100° Fahrenheit or 37.8° Celsius or higher which cannot be reduced with medication, then you should consult with your physician. In addition, a person should seek medical care if they experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or if a fever continues more than three days. For parents with a young child who is ill, seek medical care if a child has fast or labored breathing, continuing fever or convulsions (seizures).
For students residing in Campus Housing, please notify your roommate/suitemate/Resident Advisor/House Responsible Party that you do not feel well. They should help you make arrangements (food/medicine delivery) to isolate yourself for 24 hours and check in on you to be sure that you don’t need additional assistance.
The CDC has recommended that individuals with flu symptoms avoid public gathering places. This includes the classroom. UNM Faculty has been encouraged not to request doctor’s notes for potential H1N1 cases that do not otherwise need to seek medical care, due to the potential overload this could create in our medical facilities. If you do not need medical attention, then please do not try to get a doctor’s note.
According to CDC guidance, the influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2-8 hours after being deposited on the surface. To reduce the chance of spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, disinfect commonly-touched hard surfaces , such as computers, counter tops, door knobs, and bathroom surfaces by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.