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Swine Flu Email:
There has been extensive media coverage over the past couple of days regarding the spread of a new virus, called “swine flu”.
While we are still in the early stages of this flu outbreak, the World Health Organisation has advised that the infection can spread between humans and that appropriate precautions should be taken. The following link provides useful information about this flu.
Students who are planning to travel overseas need to be alert to the risks associated with the destinations of their travel. If planning to travel you must closely monitor the Federal Government’s Foreign Affairs website for travel advisories at http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/ and refer to the Registrar’s website for the travel protocols for University related travel at http://www.das.qut.edu.au/information/ostravel/index.jsp .
Students who have travelled to Mexico or the Americas in the last two to three weeks and who have flu-like symptoms are advised to immediately visit their doctor.
At this time, we can all help reduce the spread of any influenza virus by taking these steps recommended by health authorities:
- Stay at home if you develop flu-like symptoms and consult your medical practitioner.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Use tissues when coughing and sneezing. Dispose of tissues in a waste receptacle.
While there are no guarantees that current flu vaccines will stop the swine flu, health authorities also recommend general flu vaccinations to provide some protection.
For QUT students flu vaccinations are available from QUT Health Services for a fee of $19, or less if you have a Health Card. For bookings go to http://www.healthservices.qut.edu.au/services/flu/index09.jsp
For more information on Swine Flu or general influenza, visit Queensland Health at http://access.health.qld.gov.au/hid/InfectionsandParasites/ViralInfections/swineFlu2009_fs.asp
or QUT Health and Safety at http://www.hrd.qut.edu.au/healthsafety/worksafely/disease.jsp
Those students with special health issues may be at more risk during a flu outbreak and we urge them to be particularly careful at this time and consult their medical practitioner if uncertain.
If you are feeling concerned or worried about the Swine Flu situation yourself or for family and friends overseas, remember to access the University Counselling Services at 07 3138 3488 (Mon – Thurs 9am – 5pm, Fri 8am – 4pm)Any queries may be directed to my office through the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUT has appropriate plans in place to deal with these circumstances as they develop and will continue to monitor the situation and update the University as necessary.
DR CAROL DICKENSON