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A Pandemic Flu is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease caused by an influenza virus such as H1N1 or H5N1. If the virus alters its form, it may be possible to spread from human to human and a global pandemic would result. Patients exhibit the following symptoms and have been known to deteriorate rapidly.
How can you protect yourself and family?
There is no single best way to protect yourself, but the following techniques will assist in reducing the spread of the disease: washing and drying hands; using cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene; using gloves when/if necessary; using masks if/when necessary; obtaining a flu vaccination; and isolating yourself from people who are sick with the flu.
Wash and dry hands with soap
Note: Hand washing is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease.
Wash and dry hands with an alcohol-based cleaner
When soap and water are unavailable, it may be necessary to clean hands using an alcohol-based cleaner or liquid rub.
Use cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene
Use gloves when/if necessary
Use masks if/when necessary
Note: When fitted properly a P2(N95) mask offers protection from diseases spread by droplet and airborne transmission. When fitting and removing a mask:
Obtain a flu vaccination at the beginning of Autumn. This will help to distinguish the diagnosis between a pandemic virus and other types of influenza.
Isolate yourself from people who are sick with the flu
International Students and International Travel
In relation to the Bird Flu (H5N1), poultry meat and products are not allowed into Australia and will be seized and destroyed. When entering Australia, international students must declare for Quarantine inspection:
The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) will screen ALL flights, passengers and baggage from high-risk countries. Look at sites such as the governments smart traveller site www.smartraveller.gov.au for a list of affected countries.
All international mail will also be screened.
For your information
In the event of a pandemic Flu outbreak, international travel may be prohibited and domestic travel severely curtailed. Avondale College may close for a period during such an outbreak.
Further information is available from the following sites
World Health Organisation www.who.int
National Pests and Disease Outbreak www.outbreak.gov.au
Australian Health Department www.health.gov.au
Australian Government s Travel Advisory www.smartraveller.gov.au
Flu Wiki www.fluwiki.com
In the event that a Flu Pandemic warning is received, Avondale College will: (a) issue an email alert to students and staff indicating the level of risk and where the policy documents are located; (b) put posters in accessible places such as toilets, cafeteria; (c) advise students who are not already vaccinated to make arrangements to receive a flu shot; (d) instruct staff that travel to restricted countries as indicated on government websites is not permitted until the restrictions are lifted by the government; (e) provide alcohol-based hand cleansing gel when the risk level is high.