This update is to advise Victoria University students and staff about the outbreak of Human Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza) and its affect on Victoria University.
Some members of the University community have been in contact with confirmed cases of Human Swine Flu, or who are suspected of having the virus.
This update contains vital information about preventative measures and procedures that we have in place.
The Commonwealth and State Governments are closely monitoring the outbreak of Human Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza) in Australia and are taking steps to limit its spread. In framing our response to Human Swine Influenza we are acting under the advice of the relevant government agencies.
We have an Emergency Pandemic Influenza Policy - we urge that you familiarise yourself with this.
We are currently implementing this Policy. As part of this, VU's Uniflu Team continues to monitor the situation closely.
Staff and students will be alerted should there be direct implications for them.
How is VU currently affected?
As at 26 May 2009, there have been three situations reported where students and staff have come in contact with people confirmed as having the virus, or who are suspected of having the virus. The people involved have self-excluded themselves for an appropriate period of time from the University. In one situation, classes have been cancelled for this week as a precautionary measure.
We have implemented arrangements that are consistent with the approach recommended by the Victorian Government to contain the virus.
What are Human Swine Flu symptoms?
If you are experiencing the following symptoms seek medical advice and avoid close contact with others.
- Fever or chills
- Coughing or sneezing
- Sore throat
What should you do if you are concerned about exposure to the virus?
If you are concerned about exposure to the virus, please read the Victorian Government Department of Human Services H1N1 Influenza FAQs (regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions) which provide valuable information.
There is very little risk unless you have been in close contact with an infected person, that is if the contact has lasted more than 15 minutes and been less than one metre distance. For schools and childcare centres, close contact is also considered to be when sharing a classroom for more than 4 hours.
Where there has been contact with a confirmed case and the person involved is feeling unwell they should contact a doctor, as should any person who exhibits symptoms of the flu.
Deputy Vice Chancellor - Capital and Management Services