Wednesday, April 29th, 2009: Huh??

 

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 Swine Flu Email:

Dear Students

 

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.

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html

 

Student Travel

 

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.

 

Be Vigilant

 

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.

 

Concerns

 

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 registrar@qut.edu.au.

 

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.

 

Regards

DR CAROL DICKENSON
University Registrar

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2 responses to “Wednesday, April 29th, 2009: Huh??

  1. Vice president Joe Biden said today he would tell his family members not to use subways in the U.S. and implied schools should be shuttered as the swine flu outbreak spread to 16 states. His remarks quickly caused a stir, drawing a rebuke from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and later leading the White House to apologize.

    The uproar began when Biden appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and said he would advise against riding the subway or taking commercial flights and implied schools should be shuttered amid confirmation of the first swine-flu relation death in the U.S.

    “I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said when Matt Lauer asked whether he would advise family members to use public transportation.

    “I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico, it’s you’re in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation suggesting they ride the subway. ”

    The vice president also implied that schools should be closed as the threat of swine flu increases.

    “If you’re out in the middle of a field and someone sneezes that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft or a closed container or closed car or closed classroom it’s a different thing.”

    About two hours after the interview, Biden’s office issued a statement attempting to clarify the vice president’s remarks.

    “The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the administration is giving all Americans: That they should avoid unnecessary air travel to and from Mexico. If they are sick, they should avoid airplanes and other confined public spaces, such as subways. This is the advice the vice president has given family members who are traveling by commercial airline this week,” Biden’s spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs apologized for Biden’s remarks, saying the vice president misspoke.

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/us_world/Swine-Flu-0428.html

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