Most individuals will not need to seek medical attention for the flu.  The CDC recommends that for the general public, 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).  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).

Sick individuals need to stay home and away from public gatherings; therefore,  sick employees should go home.  If your employee does not need medical attention, then please do not have them try to get a doctor’s note.

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.

According to CDC workplace 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 in the workplace, such as work stations, counter tops, door knobs, and bathroom surfaces by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

The University will launch an information campaign to share information about access to flu shots, including benefits and risks.  In general, it will be up to the individual employee, in consultation with their health care provider, when appropriate, to determine if a flu shot is right for them.

CDC and ACIP (The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which provides advice and guidance on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases) will make recommendations for who should receive H1N1 vaccine, and state and local health departments and institutions will determine how to implement these recommendations. If the vaccine is recommended for use, those who choose vaccination for themselves or their children will be screened for contraindications to vaccination (such as an allergy to eggs ) and will receive information sheets describing the vaccine’s risks and benefits, possible adverse events associated with vaccination, and how to report these events.

(Last Updated 8-28-09)

The CDC has identified certain people as being at higher risk for complications from H1N1, including pregnant women. Employees who believe they may fall into these high risk categories should consult with their medical provider for specific guidance on ways to minimize risk from H1N1. If a supervisor is made aware of an employee requiring special accommodation, the supervisor should make all reasonable efforts to accommodate the employee's needs. Managers and employees may refer to University Business Policies and Procedures Manual #3110, Reasonable Accommodation for Employees with Disabilities, for guidance on accommodations specific to H1N1.

Influenza Handout (UNMSM)
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