Flu Pandemic: Key Messages and Actions


  • Please read this webpage
  • For all other questions and answers go to Swine flu Q&A
  • Update emails will be sent to all staff and students when information or advice changes

Good hygiene

Preventing the spread of germs is the single most effective way to slow the spread of diseases such as swine flu. You should always:

  • Ensure everyone washes their hands regularly with soap and water
  • Clean surfaces regularly to get rid of germs
  • Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Place used tissues in a bin as soon as possible

Key messages

If you have flu-like symptoms and are concerned that you may have swine flu:

  • Go home, or to your accommodation, immediately and inform your 'Flu Buddy' or carer.
  • Please inform your line manager/ employer or supervisor/ tutor/ course administrator that you may have swine flu (NB your carer may have to do this for you so make sure contact details are readily available to them)
  • Read up on swine flu symptoms  
  • You should call your GP directly if: 
    - you have a serious underlying illness
    - you are pregnant
    - you have a sick child under one year old
    - your condition suddenly gets much worse
    - your condition is still getting worse after seven days (or five days for a child)

Key actions

Swine flu is spreading fast in the UK. Prepare now by:

  • Learning to recognise the symptoms of swine flu
  • Make a note of your NHS number and key contact details (line manager/ employer or supervisor/ tutor/ course administrator)
  • Establishing 'flu friends' - friends and relatives who can help if you fall ill and provide them with your NHS number and key contact details
  • Keeping  paracetamol-based cold remedies in the house
  • Having a thermometer available so you can check your temperature if needed

Note: If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours please check on them. They may need your help but be reluctant to ask for it. It is important you do what you can.

Key reading

Note: To order a Braille copy of the swine flu information leaflet, call the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513

Further information

Go to Directgov for essential cross-government information on swine flu, including latest advice on travel, schools and other public services.