Swine flu - it's back. Please read...

Staff and students will be aware that flu is back in the media headlines; colds and flu affect millions of people in the UK each year and can be a serious condition for some.

There have been a small number of cases of both flu and swine flu within the University recently (at least one of which has been very serious) and it is appropriate to provide a reminder that we should all remain alert to the symptoms and risks.

Take precautions

The most valuable protection against any type of flu is to follow NHS hygiene precautions:

  • in particular, wash your hands more regularly than you would normally
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, using a tissue
  • throw the tissue away quickly and carefully
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • clean hard surfaces (like door handles and remote controls) frequently with a normal cleaning product
So you think you have swine flu

If you think you might have swine flu the current advice from the NHS is to stay at home and contact your GP. They will be able to assess you and decide what treatment is appropriate. GPs will also be able to advise on flu vaccinations.

New staff and students are encouraged to register with a doctor if they have not already done so. Those living in Bath can register with the University Medical Centre, tel: 01225 386655.

Message from University Medical Centre

The University Medical Centre is currently contacting all of their patients who are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination on the grounds of their personal medical history (eg patients who have conditions such as asthma or diabetes) or are aged 65 years or older. They have asked that we particularly remind patients to ensure their contact details are up-to-date and to respond to any phone or text messages from the Centre. The Government strongly advises those in ‘at risk’ categories to be vaccinated and the Medical Centre is currently reserving stock for these patients.

Report your illness

If you do become ill, please remember the requirements for reporting:

  • staff should notify their line manager of any illness absence;
  • students should inform their departments of absences in accordance with Regulations for Students (3.4) and be aware of the guidance available in relation to Individual Mitigating Circumstances.
Further information

NHS Direct: a wealth of advice and information, including a symptom-checker. Advice is also available by telephone on: 0845 4647.

Swine flu specific information is available on the direct.gov website

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