Swine ‘flu Q&A
06 January 2011
This information has been put together to give some guidance and reassurance to students who may be concerned about the current ‘flu situation.
LJMU will publish updates as and when we receive new information.
The main official health sources of information are detailed below and medical advice should always be sought if you are concerned in any way about your health or that of friends.
If you are diagnosed by your GP with the H1N1/Swine ‘flu infection, please inform your Student Zone as soon as possible by calling 0151 231 3289.
Q: What are the signs/symptoms of H1N1/swine ‘flu?
A: The symptoms of H1N1/swine influenza are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza infection and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat. Some people with swine ‘flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea.
The symptoms of H1N1/swine ‘flu are very similar to the Norovirus. For more details on this infection go to: www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/pages/introduction.aspx
A: You should follow general infection control practices and good respiratory and hand hygiene to help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the H1N1/swine influenza virus. This includes:
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible
- Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
- Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example, washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people
- Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product
- Making sure your children, if you have them, follow this advice
- Taking note of any Government produced leaflets covering flu infections – Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!
Q: If I am feeling unwell should I go home?
A: There are no hard and fast rules here but the best advice is to seek medical guidance from your GP or NHS Direct in the first instance.
Some students may want to return home whilst they are unwell, others will be happy to stay in Liverpool and it really is a personal decision.
If you live in student accommodation you might want to identify a friend who could be your ‘flu buddy in case of illness. The ‘flu buddy scheme works best when friends keep in contact with and check in with each other (by telephone if one is infectious). Buddies can do things like picking up food/shopping/medicines for someone who is ill and leaving it outside the door etc.
Q: What if I am pregnant, or suffer from a medical condition or a disability that could make me more vulnerable to the virus?
A: Seek advice from your GP or NHS Direct as soon as possible.
Q: I am feeling unwell and think I have symptoms of H1N1/Swine ‘flu, what should I do?
A: You should stay at home/accommodation until you have further information. Call your GP or NHS Direct (0845 4647) for advice and possible telephone diagnosis. You should also telephone your Student Zone to alert them to your absence.
Q: A member of my close family/one of my close friends is currently unwell with ‘flu-like symptoms, can I come in for lectures, practicals etc?
A: There is no need for isolation, but you should monitor your own health and if you become unwell, remain at home or in your accommodation and seek advice from your GP or NHS Direct.
Q: If I am not able to attend University because I am sick/caring for someone/looking after children, what should I do if I’m due to hand in coursework and/or sit exams or any other type of assessment.
A: Please read the information regarding assessments and coursework
Sources of Further InformationExternal
NHS Direct 0845 4647
NHS webpages for detailed information: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pandemic-flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Sources within LJMU
By telephone - To report an absence due to H1N1/swine ‘flu, please ring 0151 231 3289 where staff will be able to direct you to the relevant Student Zone
E-mail – for advice and guidance in connection with H1N1/Swine ‘flu and relating to your programme and/or funding you can e-mail the Advice and Funding teams at firstname.lastname@example.org