Novel influenza A (H1N1) is a new flu virus of swine origin that was first detected in April 2009. So far, while infection rates among college-age persons have been higher than other age groups, the illness in this age group has not been severe. Pandemic influenza is unpredictable. Over the summer, groups at Main Campus and Health Sciences Campus have been following developments and preparing for more influenza activity in the fall, including engaging with New Mexico Department of Health in immunization planning. Preventing the spread of infection to minimize absenteeism and disruption of education is a key part of the plan.
Because of the current H1N1 influenza pandemic, we would like to share some information with you about H1N1 infection prevention efforts at UNM. Click on the link below for information:
- UNMH H1N1 Brochure - English
- UNMH H1N1 Brochure - Spanish
- Hand Washing / Prevention (Residence Life & Student Housing Flyer)
- Hand Washing (SHAC Flyer)
We encourage everyone to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza as soon as vaccines become available. Note: The seasonal flu vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against novel H1N1 influenza. However, a novel H1N1 vaccine is currently in production and may be ready for the public this fall. The novel H1N1 vaccine is not intended to replace the seasonal flu vaccine, it is intended to be used alongside seasonal flu vaccine.
Updates & Resources:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the most current information, including the latest numbers on human infections in the U.S., signs and symptoms, prevention tips, medical treatment, etc. To learn more, visit the CDC web site. More information is available at the NM Dept of Health hotline at 866-850-5893