Today Victoria moved to the ‘Protect’ phase of the national pandemic plan to help reduce the impact of Human Swine Flu on the community.
Key elements of the ‘Protect’ phase are:
We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and protecting others. Remember:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Throw the tissue in a plastic-lined rubbish bin after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread that way.
Don’t go to work or school if you have a mild flu-like illness.
Please call your GP if you have a moderate flu-like illness.
Please call your local hospital ONLY if you are seriously unwell with flu like symptoms.
Know your risk. If you are pregnant, morbidly obese or suffer from chronic illness such as diabetes or any respiratory disease you are at higher risk of complications from influenza. If you are concerned, speak to your GP.
The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to provide protection against Human Swine Flu ― however it is still recommended as protection against seasonal flu for those for people over 65 years old and for those with chronic medical conditions.
Call the Influenza Hotline on 180 2007 or
Call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 606 024 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
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