Swine Flu

In the past few weeks, there has been (and probably will continue to be for the remainder of this year at least) much media coverage regarding the H1N1 “Swine” strain of influenza.

All types of influenza claim lives each year around the world, though not necessarily through the illness itself, more the impact on those particularly with pre-existing medical conditions. This would also include the “bird” or avian H5N1 which you may recall over recent years.

Circumstances and briefings on this appear to be changing all the time and so the best place to get up-to-date information is via the NHS direct on:

www.nhs.uk
or 
www.direct.gov.uk/swineflu

Alternatively telephone 0800 1 513 513.

Further information may also be found:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/ 
http://www.who.int/en/ 
http://www.cwu.org/ 

(This may require registration with username & password to access members section for example Letters to Branches 599/09 & 527/09)

BT also has advice for employees;

http://homepage.intra.bt.com/home/swineflu.htm

http://homepage.intra.bt.com/home/swineflu_core_brief__6_july_2009v1.ppt

  • if you develop flu like symptoms stay at home, inform your line manager and seek medical advice. Don’t return to work until your symptoms have cleared up and/or you’ve been given clearance by a health professional 
  • if you’ve had contact with an infected person and are also showing flu-like symptoms, stay away from work to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Seek medical advice and only return to work when cleared to do so by a health professional.

Remember; Catch It, Bin It, Kill It 

Now Wash Your Hands!

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