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Human Swine (H1N1) Influenza - updated information

Friday, 07 August 2009

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General information

General information for the ECU community about human swine (H1N1) influenza, including symptoms and how to prevent the spread of infection, is available through the WA Department of Health or the Federal Government Department of Health and Ageing. Information is also available by calling the Australian Government’s national hotline on 180 2007 (toll free outside Australia +61 8 840 288 33).

The latest World Health Organisation (WHO) Pandemic Phase Rating and related information can be found at the WHO website .

H1N1 Influenza symptoms

The symptoms of H1N1 influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal human influenza and include;

  • cough
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches
  • headache
  • chills and fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms, stay at home and avoid contact with other people as you would with seasonal influenza. Contact your doctor or the ECU Student Health Services if you are experiencing shortness of breath, are having difficulty breathing, are pregnant or if a fever continues for more than three days.

Supportive care at home (resting, drinking plenty of fluids and using a pain reliever for aches) is adequate for recovery in most cases.

Travel advisory for students or staff

Students or staff travelling on university-related matters should continue to review their need to travel to countries affected by H1N1 influenza and can find up-to-date travel advisory information on the Federal Government’s Smart Traveller website. When travelling, students or staff should monitor the H1N1 influenza situation at all times and practice hygiene measures to minimise or prevent the transmission of influenza.

Any student or staff member returning from an affected area should monitor their health closely and stay at home if they experience influenza-like symptoms.

Preventing the spread of influenza

In the interest of the health of the ECU community we would urge all students and staff to follow Australian Department of Health and Ageing advice on how to minimise or prevent the transmission of influenza including:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Don’t share personal items, such as eating and drinking utensils
  • Maintain clean surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with others if you are feeling unwell

It is also important that students and staff consider seasonal influenza vaccination in particular if travelling overseas. More information on how to protect yourself and others from influenza is available here .

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